Afghanistan: Georgian soldier killed in Taliban suicide attack

AFP

© AFP/File | The deadly assault was the latest blow to the international coalition in the war-torn country and came at the peak of the Taliban summer fighting season

KABUL (AFP) – A Georgian soldier was killed in a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a convoy of foreign forces near Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, NATO said Friday.At least two civilians also died in the attack in Qarabagh district of Kabul province late Thursday while two US service personnel , three Georgian soldiers and a Afghan interpreter were wounded.

“They are all in stable condition at the Bagram Airfield military hospital,” NATO said in a statement, referring to the largest American airbase in Afghanistan, which lies around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the capital Kabul.

The attack happened around 8:00 pm (1530 GMT) on Thursday when a suicide bomber on foot targeted the joint convoy of foreign and Afghan troops, Mohammad Salim Almas, the police chief of Kabul city, told AFP.

He added that three civilians died in the attack, while NATO said two had been killed and seven wounded.

The deadly assault was the latest blow to the international coalition in the war-torn country and came at the peak of the Taliban summer fighting season.

NATO forces ended their more than a decade-long combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014, but since then Afghan troops and police, beset by soaring casualties, have struggled to beat back the resurgent Taliban.

The attack came a day after two US soldiers died when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces in Kandahar province.

There are around 13,000 foreign forces in Afghanistan, the majority of which are American. There are 900 Georgian soldiers.

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One Response to “Afghanistan: Georgian soldier killed in Taliban suicide attack”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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