Bulgarian soldiers in Kandahar shield base against rockets

09:21, May 06, 2010      

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Bulgarian troops stationed at the airport in the southern Afghan town of Kandahar are shielding their base from rocket attacks, Commander Lieutenant Colonel Krassimir Goranov said Wednesday.

"At this moment, 80 percent of the containers where the Bulgarian soldiers sleep are armored from rocket attacks and within two weeks all containers will be protected completely," Goranov said during a video press conference with journalists in Sofia.

Four Bulgarian soldiers were wounded in a rocket attack in Kandahar airport in January. Another rocket injured two others in October 2008.

Goranov said rebels near Kandahar remained a high threat and that rocket attacks, car bombs and suicide bombers were major security issues for the Bulgarian troops that guard Kandahar airport.

Colonel Dimitar Shivikov, Bulgaria's national commander in Afghanistan, described Kabul, where there were also Bulgarian troops, as "stable but unpredictable."

Shivikov said the Bulgarian contingent in Kabul, the Afghan capital, was there mainly to guard the airport but stood ready to secure the Bulgarian embassy and evacuate its diplomats if needed.

About 230 Bulgarian troops are based in Kabul and 300 in Kandahar.

Source: Xinhua
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