January 12th, 2010
08:43 AM ET

French soldier in Afghanistan dies of wounds

PARIS, France - A French soldier wounded Monday in a gun battle with militants in eastern Afghanistan has died, the French Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

The soldier had been evacuated to the Bagram military hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds, the statement said. Another French soldier died Monday in the same clash, which took place in the village of Alasay, east of Kabul.

France has about 3,000 troops with the NATO forces in Afghanistan, and there have been 38 French deaths in the Afghan war. See the faces of the fallen in Coalition Casualties in Afghanistan

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