Thursday, July 14, 2011

Five French soldiers killed in an attack on Afghanistan

Five French soldiers and a civilian have been killed this morning in a suicide bombing in Joyba in Kapissa province, north of Kabul. The soldiers were part of a contingent guarding a meeting of Afghan notables when a man has advanced to the French armored vehicles and then has exploded the bomb that was attached to the body.

Four other French soldiers and three other civilians were seriously injured. Soon after, an SMS sent by the Taliban France Presse served to vindicate the attack. The murder of five French soldiers came a day after Nicolas Sarkozy, on a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

"You have to end a war," Sarkozy said in a speech in which he said that over the next year the French contingent, which currently stands at 4,000 troops, will be reduced by 1,000. In 2014, Sarkozy said, following step by step, with the number of troops deployed on U.S. withdrawal timetable announced on June 22 by Barack Obama - no longer on Afghan soil will no French soldier.

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