A Taliban suicide bomber disguised as a woman and wearing a burqa killed four French soldiers In Afghanistan today, 9th June 2012.
French forces were responding to a report of a bomb planted under a bridge. They were in the main market area of the Nijrab district in eastern Kapisa province when the bomber walked up to them and detonated his explosives, said Qais Qadri, a provincial government spokesman.
France's defence ministry confirmed the four soldiers were French, and said another five French troops were wounded in the blast.
The four killed were named as:
Chief Warrant Officer Thierry Serrat (Armed Forces Civil-Military Actions Group - GIACM)
Sergeant Stéphane Prudhom (2nd Hussars)
Sergeant Pierre-Olivier Lumineau (40th Artillery Regiment)
Brigadier (Lance-Corporal) Yoann Marcillan (40th Artillery Regiment)