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Friday
Jan202012

Four French Troops Killed by Local Soldier in Afghanistan 

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- French soldiers who were part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were shot and killed in eastern Afghanistan Friday by a member of the Afghan National Army.

Sixteen other French troops were also wounded in the attack, according to the BBC.

This comes a day after six American servicemembers -- believed to be U.S. Marines -- were killed in a helicopter crash there.

Following the shooting, French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed the nationalities of the soldiers and announced France would be suspending all of its training programs with the Afghan army.  He also said he was sending his defense minister to Afghanistan to further inspect the situation.

In a statement, NATO offered its condolences for the four fallen troops.

"Unfortunately, this is a very sad day for our troops in Afghanistan and for the French people.  I would like to express my condolences for the four French soldiers who were killed today and my sympathy to those who were wounded.  I pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of all our troops in Afghanistan," NATO Secretary Gen. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

The shooter has since been apprehended, NATO said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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