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France Says Two of Its Soldiers Were Killed in Afghanistan

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Two French soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform.

The Taliban took credit for the attack, saying that three soldiers were killed. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said in a statement that it is “investigating the incident.”

Separately, 10 Afghan police officers were killed by a roadside bomb in the south, an Afghan official said.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office said in a statement today the military personnel were hit by “deliberate” shots from a member of the ANA. The NATO statement said “an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against” two NATO soldiers.

“A man named Mohammed Ibrahim, who was a personnel of Afghan National Army, opened fire on French soldiers today in Tagab district of Kapisa province, killing three troops,” Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said in a telephone interview.

The man was shot dead by other NATO troops, Jason Waggoner, a NATO spokesman in Kabul, said in a phone interview.

The victims were engineers from a Foreign Legion regiment, Sarkozy’s e-mailed statement said. It didn’t provide further details about the incident.

The deaths bring to 78 the number of French soldiers killed in Afghanistan since their arrival in 2001. France has about 3,950 troops in Afghanistan, the fourth-largest contingent in NATO’s mission.

The 10 Afghan police officers were killed by a bomb as they returned home from training, Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for Helmand province, said today in a phone interview.

To contact the reporters on this story: Gregory Viscusi in Paris at gviscusi@bloomberg.net; Eltaf Najafizada in Kabul at enajafizada1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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