'Ten French dead' in Afghan clash

Other News Materials 19 August 2008 15:11 (UTC +04:00)

Ten French soldiers have been killed in fighting with the Taleban east of the Afghan capital, Kabul, Afghan and French sources say.

The deaths come amid heavy fighting near Kabul after Nato said one of its patrols was ambushed, dpa reported.

The French soldiers were part of Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

In the province of Khost six suicide bombers have been killed in an attack on a Nato military base, Nato says.

The French troops had been caught up in heavy fighting that started on Monday some 50 km (30 miles) east of Kabul.

Despite increased security in Kabul, two rockets were fired on the city overnight, landing close to the Isaf headquarters.

In the southern province of Kandahar a Nato patrol was struck by a roadside bomb.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead in Kabul says there are now incidents like these every day across Afghanistan as the overall security situation appears to be deteriorating.