New Attack on Kandahar Base, Bulgarian Rangers Uninjured

Defense | January 27, 2011, Thursday // 13:09|  views

A total of 600 Bulgarian soldiers and medical staff are currently stationed in Afghanistan in Kabul and Kandahar. Photo by BGNES

Taliban insurgents have launched another rocket attack against the ISAF/NATO air base in Kandahar Thursday.

The rocket attacks occurred shortly at 6:42 am local time, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry announced.

None of the some three hundred Bulgarian rangers stationed at the Kandahar Air Base or the other ISAF troops have been wounded.

The worst incident with Bulgarian soldiers in Afghanistan to date occurred a year ago, in January 2010, when four Bulgarians were wounded in a Taliban rocket attack, with one of them subsequently losing his hand. The incident coincided with the visit to the base of then Bulgarian Defense Minister and now Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikolay Mladenov.

In 2010, Bulgaria increased its Afghanistan contingent as part of the ISAF/NATO forces to 600 troops; half are stationed at the Kandahar airport.

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Tags: Kandahar Airport, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Taliban, rocket attacks, NATO, ISAF


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