The US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan have confirmed the death of at least seven Georgian soldiers in a car bomb attack in the restive southern province of Helmand.
The military alliance said in a statement that the soldiers were killed on Thursday when Taliban militants blew up an explosive-laden truck outside a Georgian military base in the country’s volatile south.
Å“Seven Georgian International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members were killed yesterday when enemies of Afghanistan attacked their position in southern Afghanistan with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (IED),” the ISAF said in a statement on Friday.
Nine soldiers were also wounded in the deadly attack that sent shockwaves through NATO countries contributing troops to the Afghan war.
The Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the attack, noting that they have killed as many as twenty foreign soldiers.
Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania was reported to have arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul to visit Georgian troops and wounded soldiers. Alasania reportedly met with his Afghan counterpart Bismillah Khan Mohammadi to discuss the attack.
The latest fatalities bring to at least 30 the number of Georgian troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001.
According to the icasualties website, at least 3,330 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began in 2001.
The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
This article originally appeared on: Press TV