4 French Soldiers Murdered over Urinating US Marines Video

World | January 23, 2012, Monday // 14:16|  views

Four French soldiers, including one Bulgarian-born man, were killed in northern Afghanistan Friday. Photo by Razgrad City Hall

The bodies of the four French soldiers, including one Bulgarian-born man, who were killed in northern Afghanistan Friday, after a serviceman from the Afghan National Army opened fire, have been transported to Paris.

The killer had confessed that he was motivated by the despicable video clip, distributed online, showing US soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of murdered Afghani servicemen, the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, reported Monday, citing France Press.

Saturday, the Bulgarian National Radio announced that Bulgarian chief sergeant Svilen Simeonov, 34, was among those killed.

French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet, who left for Afghanistan immediately after the incident, traveled on the same craft that transported the bodies. They were sent from Kabul with military honors and will be buried with such in Paris.

Most of the 16 injured were also transported to France.

Longuet informed earlier that the killer, 21, had been recruited by the Taliban.

In the aftermath, President Nickolas Sarkozy said France was suspending its training programs in Afghanistan and that the question of an early French withdrawal would arise if security conditions were not re-established. The relatives of the victims have demanded from Sarkozy to immediately implement the latter move.

The subject will be on the agenda of the upcoming visit to Paris of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday.

On Sunday, the embassy of France in Sofia issued a statement of regret for the Bulgarian member of the Foreign Legion.

Simeonov was born in the Bulgarian village of Rakovski, near the northeastern city of Razgrad.

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