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Czech soldiers killed in Parwan attack identified

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Czech soldiers killed in Parwan attack identified

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Aug 05, 2018 - 15:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Czech Republic officials on Sunday saddened over the death of their three soldiers in a suicide attack in Afghanistaninfo-icon’s central Parwan province earlier in the day and paid rich tribute to them.

The NATOinfo-icon soldiers were on a foot patrol near the Bagram air base when came under attack. One American and two Afghan soldiers were wounded in the attack. The fallen Czech soldiers were indientified as Staff. Sgt. Martin Marcin, 36, Cpl. Kamil Benes, 28 and Cpl. Patrik Stepanek, 25.

"The tragic death of our three soldiers has hit me very much, and I want to express my deep condolences to all families and loved ones," said Lubomír Metnar, Defence Minister of the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman also released a statement through his spokesman to express his country’s sympathy and resolve.

“Deep regret and sympathy for all relatives of the soldiers killed today by the suicide bomber, but it should not discourage us from continuing to fight international terrorism," said the presidential spokesman.

The Armed Forces of the Czech Republic also hailed the three in a statement. "In my eyes, they are the heroes who participated in the fight against terrorism across the Czech Republic, the whole country should be proud of them, sincere condolences to families, relatives and friends," said Czech Army Lt. Gen. Aleš Opata, Czech Armed Forces chief of general staff.

NATO secretary general also offered his condolences and reaffirmed the alliance’s shared commitment to Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability in a separate statement posted to Twitter.

 “My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones, and with the Czech Republic, who have lost three military personnel in a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan,” said Jens Stoltenberg. “NATO stands with the Afghan forces in their fight against terrorism.”

"My thoughts and prayers, along with those of all of the 41 Resolute Support nations, are with the families and friends of our fallen and wounded service members, and our injured Afghan brothers and their families,” said US Army Gen. John Nicholson, Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan commander.

"Their sacrifice on behalf of the Afghan people and our coalition will endure in both our hearts and history, and further strengthen our resolve.”

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