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Militants attack Georgian base in Helmand, 3 soldiers killed

By Meena Haseeb - Tue May 14 2013, 8:45 am

Three Georgian troops killed in Helmand provinceAt least three Georgian troops were killed in southern Afghanistan on Monday following a suicide bomb attack.

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a statement confirmed the incident and said, “Three International Security Assistance Force service members were killed today when insurgents attacked their position in southern Afghanistan with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.”

Georgian defense minister Irakli Alasania said the incident took place after a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into Georgian troops military base in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Georgia has deployed around 1,570 troops under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan. Majority of the Georgian troops are based in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The country has lost around 22 troops in Afganistan since 2009.

The militants who attacked the base were also killed, defense minister Irakli Alasania said adding that a number of Georgian troops were also wounded during the attack.

Monday’s attack on Georgian troops is the deadliest following an improvised explosive device attack which took place three years back. At least four troops were killed during the incident.

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