President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office says the three died while taking part in an
operation on Saturday night in the Afghanya Valley. French military
spokesman Christophe Prazuck says one of the soldiers was struck by
lightning while the other two were swept away by a flooding river.
The three were among 600 French soldiers patrolling Afghanistan’s Kapisa
region. The statement Sunday from Sarkozy’s office said he sent condolences
to their families and reaffirmed France’s commitment to “re-establishing
peace and development in Afghanistan.”
France has about 3,000 troops in Afghanistan.
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