French soldier killed in Afghanistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 20, 2011 18:22

PARIS — France's government on Sunday said a French soldier died in Afghanistan when insurgents fired an anti-tank weapon against an armored vehicle he was traveling in east of the capital, Kabul.

The French Defense Ministry said that two other soldiers were injured in the attack a day earlier near the village of Landakhel, in the Kapisa Valley, where French forces are engaged as part of a NATO mission.

France has lost 54 soldiers in Afghanistan in an international mission in the country since 2001. About 4,000 French troops are now in Afghanistan — most in Kapisa province and Kabul province's Surobi district.

President Nicolas Sarkozy reaffirmed France's commitment to the mission and the Afghan people in a statement Sunday that announced the soldier's death.


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