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Four French soldiers die in Afghanistan shooting

Posted by The Agonist on January 21st, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Kapisa province, Afghanistan | January 20

BBC – Four French soldiers have been killed in northern Afghanistan after a serviceman from the Afghan National Army opened fire, officials say.

Another 16 French soldiers were injured, some seriously, in the incident in Kapisa province.

An official told the BBC that an Afghan non-commissioned officer got into a “verbal clash” and opened fire.

President Nicolas Sarkozy said France was suspending its training programmes in Afghanistan following the attack.

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He said it was unacceptable for French troops to be fired on by their allies.

A Taliban spokesman said it was not clear if the attacker was a member of their group but described him as a “conscientious Afghan soldier”.

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