Georgia’s defense minister visited his troops in Afghanistan on Friday, a day after a suicide bomber driving a truck packed with explosives attacked an isolated base staffed by Georgian troops in Helmand Province on Thursday evening, killing seven soldiers.
According to Georgian defense officials, at least three Georgian troops were killed in a similar incident last month.
Helmand has been the deadliest province for troops in the international coalition in Afghanistan, claiming at least 935 lives since 2001.
Georgian defense ministry in a statement announced, defense minister Irakli Alasania cut short an official visit to Brussels on Thursday to travel to Afghanistan.
The statement further added, Alasania met with his Afghan counterpart, Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, and visited troops wounded in the bombing.
Thursday’s bombing brought to 12 the number of international military personnel killed in Afghanistan this month, and the attack was the single deadliest incident this year for the coalition.