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Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan

Prague, Czech Republic – A Czech soldier of the U.S.-led NATO coalition in Afghanistan was killed and two others wounded on Monday in the western province of Herat, the Czech Defence Ministry said.

According to initial assessments, a member of Afghanistan’s security forces carried out the attack, prompting speculations than an insurgent had infiltrated the forces. According to a spokesman for the insurgents, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest attack in a series this year in which coalition troops have been killed by Afghan soldiers or police, it came only days after the NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, escaped unhurt when the bodyguard of a provincial governor opened fire on a group of U.S. and Afghan officials in the southern province of Kandahar.

Czech radio identified the soldier killed in Afghanistan as Sgt. Tomas Prochazka. He is the fourth from the Czech Republic to be killed in the war since the country agreed to raise its contribution to 390 troops back in June. In August, a Taliban suicide bomber killed three Czech soldiers on a foot patrol near the Bagram base, the largest U.S. base in the country. Last week, five other Czech soldiers were wounded when a suicide bomber struck an armoured vehicle near the base.

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