Thursday, July 14, 2011

A suicide bomber kills five French soldiers in Afghanistan

France confirmed today that there are five French soldiers killed by a suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan province of Kapisa, which also killed an Afghan civilian and four soldiers and three civilians were wounded. The attack took place in the district of Tagab, when a patrol was involved in the protection of a "shura" or assembly of notables and a terrorist committed suicide by exploding a bomb near the military, the Elysee said in a statement.

This attack comes just a day trip to Afghanistan after French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited French troops deployed in Kapisa province near Kabul. Sarkozy announced during his visit schedule for the withdrawal of the 4,000 French soldiers from Afghan soil, a quarter of which will leave the country, according to forecasts by 2012.

The head of state today conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims, but expressed his country's determination to continue his work in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for the restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan. In total, today's deaths are already 69 French soldiers killed since the arrival of the French to Afghan territory in late 2001.

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