French solider killed in Afghanistan

09:52, January 12, 2010      

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A French soldier was killed on Monday morning during a mission in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said.

The serviceman was killed during patrolling with Afghan national army in the valley of Alasay, some 80 kilometers northeast of Kabul, and another was seriously hurt in the same attack, the office said without more details.

Sarkozy condemned the "blind violence" against French troop and reiterated France's determination of continuing to work with NATO's International Force of Security Assistance to restore stability in the restless country.

Some 37 French troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan since the invasion led by the United States in 2001. There are around 3,500 French soldiers currently serving in the country.

Source: Xinhua
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