6 NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO says six of its service members died in two separate attacks in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday.

In the first attack in the Tagab district of Kapisa province, a suicide bomber killed five French soldiers.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said the bomber blew himself up near French troops who were protecting a local council meeting in the Joybar area. At least one Afghan civilian was also killed and four other French soldiers were wounded.

The deaths occurred a day after President Sarkozy visited Afghanistan and announced his country would pull out 1,000 troops by the end of 2012, roughly a quarter of France's current force in Afghanistan.

Hours later, another NATO soldier was killed in an insurgent attack. The nationality of that soldier was not released.

Following the attack in Kapisa, Mr. Sarkozy's office said that France is determined to remain part of the NATO-led coalition to bring stability to Afghanistan.

Wednesday's suicide bombing brings the number of French troops killed in the country to 69 since 2001.

The attack on French forces was the worst since 2008, when 10 soldiers were killed and 21 wounded in a Taliban ambush in the Uzbin Valley, south of the Afghan capital.

Violence is at its worst point in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion almost a decade ago.