A French soldier and up to 10 Taliban fighters were killed in an early morning
ambush and subsequent firefight during a joint operation on Tuesday with the
Afghan army in Kapisa province.
1:08PM BST 07 Aug 2012
A statement from French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault's office said a
soldier died and another was wounded "during a clash with insurgents".
Also on Tues morning,
two bombs near the Afghan capital Kabul killed nine people, with
one attack targeting a Nato military base in Logar province.
The statement said the soldiers were from the elite 13th Chasseurs Alpin
Battalion. The dead soldier was "part of an assistance team advising
The French military in Paris said that around 130 French soldiers came under
small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack at around 6:00 am local time
(1.20 GMT) while securing an area near a bridge outside Tagab village.
Bertrand Bonneau , French chief-of-staff spokesman, said that around 10
Taliban were killed during the firefight that followed the ambush and that
an Afghan soldier was also wounded.
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