Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan injured in suicide blast

Three Georgian solders serving in a peacekeeping mission in the Afghan province of Parwan were injured in a suicide bomb attack., 14 Nov 2014 - 17:32, Tbilisi,Georgia

Three Georgian soldiers serving in a peacekeeping mission in the Afghan province of Parwan were injured in a suicide bomb attack.

Georgia’s Ministry of Defence released a statement that said three members of the 5th Infantry Brigade of the 51st Battalion of the Georgian Armed Forces were patrolling the Bagram Air Base territory when a suicide bomber blew himself up.

It is not known if anyone, apart from the bomber, were killed in the blast.

Georgian soldier Giorgi Tusiashvili and Captain Mikheil Liparteliani received minor injuries in the blast and were taken to a nearby military hospital for treatment before returning to their duties. Major Zaza Turmanidze suffered more serious injuries to his leg and has since had surgery.

Georgia’s Ministry of Defence said all three men were now in a stable condition.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission is in its final stages and some military personnel from Georgia and the United States (US) remained in Afghanistan to complete their missions. Some Georgian troops have already returned home and the remaining were due to leave Afghanistan in the near future.

The main task of the Georgian and US peacekeeping unit was to carry out 24/7 patrolling of the airbase. The Georgian peacekeepers were also tasked with acquiring intelligence information, detecting and observing suspicious objects (such as landmines) and pass on their information to their superiors.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s Ministry of Defence today stated when the Georgian troops were on patrol, 5th Infantry Brigade personnel discovered a homemade explosive device and deactivated it.

The unit underwent six months of intensive preparation at the National Training Centre Krtsanisi ahead of their Afghanistan deployment.

The Georgian soldiers also underwent training in Hohenfels, Germany for a month-long stint at the US. Joint Multinational Readiness Centre (JMRC).