Nato forces in Afghanistan say four
foreign soldiers have been killed in an attack in the east of the country.
Nato's Isaf force did not provide details, but Afghan officials say the four
were French soldiers based in Kapisa province.
Taliban insurgents said Saturday's attack was carried out by one of their
France is due to withdraw all its combat troops by the end of this year, two
years before the main Nato pullout.
Violence has risen across Afghanistan in recent weeks, with the Taliban
vowing to target both the Afghan forces and the 130,000 foreign troops remaining
in the country.
Afghan officials say the suicide bomber in Saturday's attack approached a
French Nato convoy wearing a burka.
France is currently the fifth largest contributor to the Isaf force, with
nearly 3,300 French soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
The deaths - if confirmed - would bring to 87 the total number of French
deaths in the country since 2001.
In January the killing of four French soldiers in Kapisa prompted
then-President Nicolas Sarkozy to announce a withdrawal by the end of 2013.
His successor Francois Hollande, who was elected last month, confirmed an
election pledge to bring the pullout forward by a further year.
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