Georgia soldiers injured in Afghanistan

Georgian soldiers are seen in a military base in Afghanistan. (File photo)

Three Georgian soldiers have been injured in attacks carried out in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, Press TV reports.

Georgian military officials said on Friday that Corporal Erekle Kharshiladze and Junior Sergeant Iago Kakulia came under fire during a patrol in Helmand the previous day. The two were reportedly taken to a hospital in Landstuhl in Germany.

In a separate incident, Private Guram Chimakhidze was also injured in an anti-personnel mine explosion while patrolling, the officials added.

Reports say Georgia has about 1,600 soldiers in Afghanistan, mainly in Helmand.

Eight Georgian troops lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2012. The Georgian Ministry of Defense says over 90 soldiers were wounded in the country in 2010-2012.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.

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