July 24, 2019 / 10:56 AM / a month ago

Three Croatian troops wounded in Afghanistan attack - minister

BELGRADE, July 24 (Reuters) - Three Croatian soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been wounded, one seriously, in a suicide attack on their convoy outside Kabul, the country’s defence minister said on Wednesday.

The soldiers were en route to Kabul airport when a motorcycle carrying a suicide bomber slammed into one of their vehicles, Damir Krsticevic told a news conference in Zagreb.

One of the soldiers suffered serious head injuries in the blast and remains in life-threatening condition. The other two received arm and leg injuries and were stable, Krsticevic said.

“It was an isolated attack and all other members of the Croatian contingent are safe,” Kristicevic said.

The three injured soldiers were a part of Croatia’s 23-strong advisory team, which is under British command and is tasked with training Afghan police, Brigadier General Kreso Tuskan said at the news conference.

“Our troops in Afghanistan are continuing their mission with increased precautionary measures,” Tuskan said.

Croatia, a NATO member country, first deployed troops to Afghanistan in 2003. At least nine Croatian troops have been injured there. (Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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