French soldier kills lone gunman in Kabul

26th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

KABUL, Nov 26 (AFP) - A French soldier shot and killed a lone gunman who opened fire on their car in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday morning, the US military said.

KABUL, Nov 26 (AFP) - A French soldier shot and killed a lone gunman who opened fire on their car in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday morning, the US military said.

"This person took a shot at them and they returned fire. He was evacuated to Bagram for treatment where he died a short time later," US military spokesman Major Mark McCann told AFP.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:00 am (0630 GMT) outside Camp Phoenix, where US and international troops are helping to train Afghan soldiers, on the Jalalabad road in the east of the city.

"The two occupants of the car reported two to three bullet impacts on the car," the US military said in a statement.

After the gunman opened fire, one of the French soldiers returned fire, prompting the man to hide behind a rock before coming toward the car again.

"The wounded man was brought to the Camp Phoenix Medical Clinic for treatment. He was then evacuated to Bagram Air Field at 11:40 am for further treatment where he died of his wounds," the statement added.

The identity of the gunman and the motive for his attack were still under investigation, McCann said.

Both of the French soldiers were working with the 17,000 strong US-led coalition, which has been stationed in Afghanistan hunting militants since the ouster of the hardline Islamic Taliban regime three years ago.

© AFP

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