Georgian soldiers killed in Musa Qala attack
KABUL (PAN): Three Georgian soldiers with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed today when insurgents attacked their position in southern Afghanistan with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, the alliance said on Tuesday.
"We can confirm three Georgian service members from ISAF were killed yesterday when insurgents attacked their position…” the NATO-led force said in response to an emailed query from Pajhwok Afghan News.
One suicide bomber blew himself up near the Georgian military base in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province late on Monday. The bombing happened in the Landi Nava area the district. The assailant’s suicide vest exploded prematurely, police officer Col. Mohammad Ismail Hotak said.
Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the attack, saying the truck bomb exploded at the entrance to the Georgian outpost in the district.
The fatalities increased the number of soldiers from Georgia killed in the country to 22. The ex-Soviet republic has about 1,600 troops within the ISAF framework in Afghanistan.
Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. He said 17 international soldiers had been killed and many others wounded in what he called a group attack, involving suicide bombers.
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