Suicide Bomber Kills Czech Soldiers on NATO Patrol in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber killed three Czech soldiers who were on a NATO foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, 5 August, officials said, an attack claimed by the Taliban.
One US and two Afghan soldiers were wounded, the NATO Resolute Support mission said in a statement.
An Afghan soldier named Mohammad Omar Jawani, was killed in the eastern city of Jalalabad, when he tried to stop the suicide bomber at a checkpoint, by pinning him down.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis paid tribute to the “heroes who fought against terrorism so far from home and who were killed by a suicide attacker.
“I respect what they did for our country. I am sending my deepest condolences to their families,” he tweeted.
Eastern Afghanistan, where US Special Forces units have regularly been deployed against militants, remains one of the deadliest areas since the US military ended its main combat operation against the Taliban in 2014.
US Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan, commended the sacrifice made by the victims, and said:
The attack on a routine foot patrol happened in the Khalazai area of Charikar, capital of Parwan province, local officials said.
The Taliban, fighting to restore strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, claimed responsibility and said it had killed eight “US invaders”.
“The invaders had to bring three helicopter ambulances to protect their forces,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in statement.
(This article was published in arrangement with Reuters)