2 French soldiers killed in Afghanistan, 5 wounded

August 7, 2011 17:20


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PARIS - Two French soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in Afghanistan on Sunday, the French President's office said, bringing to 72 the total number of French soldiers killed since the conflict began in 2001.

"The French President learned with great sorrow about the death this morning of two legionnaires from the second regiment of foreign paratroopers in Afghanistan," the office said in a statement.

The soldiers were attacked by insurgents while searching an Afghan fortified position in the Tagab Valley.

The incident follows the crash of helicopter of the US-led coalition in central Maidan Wardak province on Saturday, killing 31 US soldiers and seven Afghan troops.

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