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French officer killed in Afghanistan

world Updated: Feb 12, 2009 14:44 IST

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Insurgents killed a French officer and an Afghan interpreter today in a gun battle that erupted when their patrol was hit by a landmine south of the capital Kabul, the French military said.

Another French soldier was seriously wounded in the attack in Logar province, French military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Salle told AFP.

"Around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Kabul a vehicle was blown up, probably by an IED (improvised explosive device)," he said.

"Afterwards the patrol was shot at by some insurgents. A French soldier has been killed and another was seriously wounded. An Afghan interpreter has also been killed."

The insurgent Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as gunmen from the same militia stormed three government buildings in the capital Kabul, leaving 26 people dead and 55 people wounded.

The French troops were working as part of a mentor and liaison team that is advising the growing Afghan security forces, Salle said.

About half a dozen French troops were travelling with about 30 Afghan soldiers when they were attacked, a French officer said in Paris.