afghanistan shooting incident Jan 24, 2013

(Photo: Ministry of Defense.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Three Georgian soldiers were injured at a military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, as a suicide bomber blew himself up while the Georgians were patrolling the area.

The Ministry of Defense said the health of soldiers is in no danger. They were taken to the hospital in Bagram are receiving proper medical treatment.

29 Georgian servicemen have died while in Afghanistan, all of them in Helmand province. According to the most recent data, more than 430 have been wounded since 2010.

June 6, 2013, seven Georgian soldiers died when a suicide bomber blew up a truck full of explosives near the Georgian military base in Helmand.

Georgia is the largest non-NATO member contributor to the mission in Afghanistan with more than 11,000 soldiers who have served in ISAF at some point. October 2012, the number of troops reached about 1,600, the largest contribution of non-NATO member country.

From January 1, 2015, Georgia will reduce the number of troops to 700 and they will be serving in non-combat missions in Afghanistan.