Georgia’s Defense Ministry has announced that three Georgian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan while serving alongside NATO-led forces.
A ministry statement said the three corporals died “while they were carrying out a combat task” in the southern Helmand Province.
The statement said a combat vehicle carrying the soldiers “exploded following an insurgent attack.”
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in a statement that the deaths of the three were “a very painful blow.”
The deaths bring to at least 15 the number of Georgian troops who have been killed while serving in Afghanistan.
Georgia, which is seeking to join NATO, has around 750 troops serving alongside U.S. troops in Helmand Province, according to the Georgian Defense Ministry.