U.S. military: Georgian soldier killed in latest Afghan attack

Casey Dawson
August 6, 2017

A group of Taliban militants attacked a money exchange shop in Helmand province of Afghanistan on Friday morning, officials said.

Gereshk district has been a centre of fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces for several weeks.

According the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, the incident took place today near Kandahar airfield.

U.S. Army personnel direct traffic during an Entry Control Point stop in Qarabagh, Afghanistan/.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The wounded service personnel, three Georgians, two Americans and a local interpreter, were being treated at a USA military hospital at Bagram airfield and were in stable condition, the statement said.

Prior to those attacks, two Romanian special forces troops were killed and another wounded in May 2016 when a local Afghan policeman opened fire on them.

"Clash is ongoing between security forces and the attackers in the area", Tolo news quotedHelmand governor's spokesman Omar Zwak as saying.

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The armed conflict in Afghanistan, which is in its 16th year, started with the fall of the Taliban regime in the late 2001 and has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the country.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldier was killed and six other personnel were wounded in Afghanistan on Thursday after a suicide bomber attacked their convoy in Kabul province, a coalition statement said.

The coalition maintains almost 13,000 troops from 39 countries as part of a mission to train, advise and assist Afghan troops.

Gareshk district is also where the Pentagon confirmed that an errant US bomb last month destroyed a police outpost, killing 12 officers and wounding another 11.

The Taliban claimed that attack.

And earlier this week, a suicide bomber and gunman attacked a Shiite mosque in the western city of Herat left 32 people were dead and 66 wounded.

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