French NATO soldier commits suicide in Kabul

13th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

KABUL, Feb 12 (AFP) - A soldier belonging to the French contingent of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan has killed himself in Kabul, a spokesman from his battalion said Saturday.

KABUL, Feb 12 (AFP) - A soldier belonging to the French contingent of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan has killed himself in Kabul, a spokesman from his battalion said Saturday.

"He was going about his activities as normal and then committed suicide with his weapon at about 9:00 am (0430 GMT)" Friday, said Commandant Xavier de Maillard.

It was the first known suicide by a soldier from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

In February 2004, a Canadian soldier was left with a serious head injury after attempting to take his own life.

The identity, age and regiment of the French soldier would not be made public, Maillard said, adding that his suicide would be the subject of a police inquiry.

The French battalion of 600 men was newly rotated at the end of January and is charged with patrolling and security in the northeast of Kabul and around Chamali, north of the capital.

The 8,300-strong ISAF force was deployed to Afghanistan to provide security after the overthrow of the Taliban by US army forces.

© AFP

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