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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-06

A French soldier who was injured in a Taliban bomb attack on Friday that killed one of his comrades and injured eight others has died of wounds at a US military base in Germany.

AFP - A French soldier died Sunday at a US military base in Germany, two days after he was wounded in a bomb attack in Afghanistan that killed another soldier, the defence ministry announced.
   
The soldier, whose name was not released, was taken to Ramstein base on Friday along with three other French troops who were seriously wounded when a bomb exploded against their armoured personnel carrier.
   
Five other soldiers remain in hospital in Kabul and a 24-year-old corporal was killed in the attack north of Kabul.
   
The latest death brings to 31 the total number of French soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001.
   
France has some 2,900 troops in the NATO-led coalition battling Taliban guerrillas and training Afghanistan's national security forces.
   
2009 has already been a record-breaking year for foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan since US forces ousted the Taliban from Kabul following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
   
French Defence Minister Herve Morin expressed "the greatest gratitude to this soldier who courageously gave his life to the service of France and of peace."

Date created : 2009-09-06

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