Suicide attack kills 5 French troops in Afghanistan
An insurgent attack on Wednesday killed five coalition servicemembers, according to an International Security Assistance Force spokesman. The attack happened in the Tagab district of Kapisa province in eastern Afghanistan.
The Associated Press reported that the office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy says five French soldiers and one Afghan civilian were killed in the attack.
Four other French soldiers and three other Afghan civilians were seriously injured in Wednesday's attack, Sarkozy's office said in a statement, AP reported.
Reuters quoted district governor Hakim as saying the suicide bomber walked up to the French soldiers who were standing next to their armored vehicles before detonating his explosives.In a separate incident in Wardak province shortly after 6 a.m., an insurgent drove his vehicle into the perimeter of a coalition outpost and detonated a bomb, the ISAF spokesman told Stars and Stripes. The perimeter wall was damaged, but there were no deaths or injuries aside from the driver of the vehicle.
The incident happened at Combat Outpost Dashe-Tup. There are reports of Americans and Afghans being wounded, though the outpost could not be reached.