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Four French soldiers killed in Afghan suicide blast


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Four French soldiers killed in Afghan suicide blast

Four French soldiers have been killed in an apparent suicide attack in Afghanistan.

In Paris the Elysée Palace confirmed the news, adding that five others had been injured, three seriously.

Earlier NATO forces said four foreign soldiers had been killed, without confirming their nationalities.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened in the eastern province of Kapisa, which is mainly patrolled by a French contingent under NATO.

Afghan officials say the soldiers were patrolling a market when they were approached by a suicide bomber wearing a burka.

France plans to withdraw most of its 3,400 troops in Afghanistan by the end of this year, two years ahead of NATO’s agreed timetable.

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