French peacekeepers killed in Afghan accident

22nd October 2004, Comments 0 comments

KABUL, Oct 22 (AFP) - Two French peacekeepers were killed and a third was injured in a road accident near Afghanistan's capital Kabul, a spokesman for the French army contingent here said Friday.

KABUL, Oct 22 (AFP) - Two French peacekeepers were killed and a third was injured in a road accident near Afghanistan's capital Kabul, a spokesman for the French army contingent here said Friday.

"Two French soldiers died from injuries after a traffic accident Thursday around midday (0730 GMT)," Lieutenant Jean Bolling told AFP.

The accident occurred eight kilometres (five miles) north east of the Afghan capital on the Shomali plain.

The identities of the two soldiers, aged 22 and 29 and both unmarried, were withheld.

The third soldier was only lightly injured.

They were returning from a patrol when their armoured car left the road and rolled several times, Bolling said.

France currently contributes 900 troops to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, which has been deployed to help maintain order in Kabul since December 2001.

The 9,000-strong multinational force has lost 30 troops in the past three years in both operations and accidents.

The Frenchmen's bodies will be repatriated on Saturday.

© AFP

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