Ro­ma­nian sol­dier killed in Tal­iban at­tack

Gulf News - - Asia/ Philippines -

ARo­ma­nian sol­dier was killed in a Tal­iban claimed sui­cide at­tack on a Nato con­voy in south­ern Afghanistan that also wounded two oth­ers, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

The as­sailant drove a ve­hi­cle packed with ex­plo­sives into the for­eign pa­trol as they drove through Da­man dis­trict in Kan­da­har prov­ince on Fri­day. All three ca­su­al­ties were Ro­ma­nian sol­diers, Nato’s Res­o­lute Sup­port train and as­sist mis­sion said in a state­ment.

Gen­eral John Ni­chol­son, who heads up US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, con­demned the at­tack and said it was fur­ther ev­i­dence the Tal­iban “are not in­ter­ested in peace”.

“This loss only con­tin­ues to strengthen our re­solve and sup­port to the Afghan gov­ern­ment and its cit­i­zens as we work to­ward a se­cure and sta­ble Afghanistan,” Ni­chol­son said.

In a What­sApp mes­sage sent to jour­nal­ists on Fri­day Tal­iban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ah­madi said “seven in­vad­ing forces” were killed in the at­tack. The mil­i­tants rou­tinely ex­ag­ger­ate bat­tle­field claims.

The Tal­iban’s lat­est as­sault fol­lows the group’s pledge to turn Afghanistan into a “grave­yard” for for­eign forces.

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