JANUARY 20 2012 14:29h

French troops killed by Afghan soldier

French troops killed by Afghan soldier




KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform opened fire on French troops, killing four soldiers and wounding 16 others, officials in Afghanistan said.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy suspended France's operations in Afghanistan and called for a security review, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

"The French army isn't in Afghanistan to be shot at by Afghan soldiers," Sarkozy told diplomats in Paris.

Sarkozy said Defense Minister Gerard Longuet and the head of the French army will go to Afghanistan to review security conditions.

"Between now and then, all the operations, of training and combat support, are suspended. If the security conditions and the recruitment conditions of Afghan soldiers are not clearly defined and secure, France will draw immediate conclusions," Sarkozy was quoted as saying.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen offered condolences for the soldiers who were killed and sympathy for those who were wounded but called the attack an isolated incident.

"Such tragic incidents are terrible and grab headlines, but they are isolated. The reality is that every day, 130,000 ISAF troops from 50 nations fight and train with over 300,000 Afghan soldiers. That takes a lot of trust among a lot of soldiers," Rasmussen said in a statement.

"We have the same goal. An Afghanistan that is responsible for its own security. That is what Afghans want. And we remain committed to helping Afghans achieve that goal."

The shootings occurred hours after a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing six NATO soldiers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the crash, the Journal said.