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A Georgian soldier serving in Afghanistan has died after a suicide bomber attacked a military base in Afghanistan.
Junior Sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili was killed on 3 August in an attack on the Bagram Airbase, the largest US military base in the country.
‘The Junior Sergeant and his platoon were on patrol with American and local military forces’ when the attack took place according to the Georgian Defence Ministry.
Three other Georgian servicemen were wounded, with one in stable but critical condition, according to the ministry.
Bebiashvili had served in the Armed Forces since 2010, being awarded for participating in peacekeeping operations, the statement from the ministry noted. He had previously served in Afghanistan in 2012 and in 2014.
Georgia’s Defence Minister Levan Izoria and the US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly both expressed their condolences for the death.
‘My deepest condolences to the Georgian people and my gratitude for Georgia’s long-standing contribution to NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan’, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller wrote on Twitter.
— Rose Gottemoeller (@Gottemoeller) August 4, 2017
Georgia is not a member of NATO but has 870 troops serving as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, one of the largest contingents according to Reuters.