Afghan Soldier Gets Death Sentence for French Troop Attack

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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An Afghan military court has sentenced an Afghan soldier to death for killing five French soldiers during a joint training operation earlier this year.

The defense ministry on Tuesday said the court ordered Adbul Sabor to be hanged for the January 20 attack.

The shooting in eastern Kapisa province killed four soldiers and wounded 15 others, including one who later died from his wounds.

The incident helped push France's new President Francois Hollande to accelerate the withdrawal of his country's combat troops from the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.

The French force, which is the fifth largest in the coalition, is due to be out of the country by the end of this year.