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2 French troops killed in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The two died from gunshot wounds
  • 3 other French troops wounded in operation
  • Number of French troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001 is now 47

(CNN) -- Two French troops were killed Monday during an operation south of Tagab, Afghanistan, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said in a statement.

The two -- an officer and a soldier assigned to the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment -- died from gunshot wounds, the statement said. Three other French troops were injured early in the operation Sunday evening, Sarkozy's office said.

Sarkozy offers condolences to the troops' families and loved ones, and wishes the wounded troops a speedy recovery, the statement said. France reaffirms its support for the Afghan people and authorities and is determined to continue working in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, according to the statement.

The deaths bring to 47 the number of French troops who have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

In January, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told CNN that France would not send any more combat troops to Afghanistan, reinforcing his country's opposition to joining the U.S.-led surge in troops. At the time, France had about 3,500 troops in Afghanistan.