French troops badly wounded in Afganistan

20th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

BAYONNE, France, March 19 (AFP) - Two sergeants of France's special forces in Afghanistan were seriously injured this week and one of them was repatriated Saturday, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.

BAYONNE, France, March 19 (AFP) - Two sergeants of France's special forces in Afghanistan were seriously injured this week and one of them was repatriated Saturday, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.

The minister said they were hurt four days ago but did not give further details.

"An investigation is under way as is always the case in this type of accident," she told the press in this southwestern town after a ceremony honouring two French soldiers who died in an accident earlier this month in Ivory Coast.

France has 200 special forces in Afghanistan which are based in the southeast of the country where they cooperate with US special forces as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The overall French contingent in the country numbers about 600.

The 8,300-strong ISAF force from 37 countries was deployed to Afghanistan to provide security after the overthrow of the Taliban by US army forces in 2001.

© AFP

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