French Foreign Legion Sergeant Damien Zingarelli, age 27, was one of two Legionnaires killed by an Afghan soldier on 29th December 2011 in Kapisa.
The two non-commissioned officers, serving with the 2nd Foreign Engineering Regiment (2e REG), belonged to a French Mountain Commando Group. The attack took place during a joint French-Afghan operation in the Alassa Bedraou valley. A rogue Afghan National Army soldier shot and killed the two French Legionnaires.
Sergeant Zingarelli joined the Foreign Legion in 2005. After his initial training with the 4th RE he joined the 1st REC. Highly motivated, Sergeant Zingarelli applied to join the selection Mountain Commando Group (GCM) and joined them in January 2008. In 2010, he served in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
His identity and personal details were made public by his regiment on 30th December 2011.
The other Legionnaire killed was: Chief Warrant Officer Mohammed El Gharrafi