Several Georgian soldiers were wounded.
Alasania, however, declined “at this stage” to specify number of those wounded in this attack, which he described as “the largest” one on the Georgian troops since deployment in Afghanistan in late 2009.
This recent incident brings total death toll of the Georgian soldiers in the ISAF mission to 22.
Corporal Alexander Kvitsinadze; junior sergeant Zviad Davitadze and corporal Vladimer Shanava from the 42nd battalion of the fourth infantry brigade died in the attack.
Defense Minister Alasania, who visited Georgian troops in Afghanistan earlier this month, said that “the combined attack”, involving a suicide truck bomber and “a group of insurgents”, started at 4:17pm on May 13.
“The Georgian soldiers repelled the attack and destroyed all the terrorists involved in the attack,” Alasania said. “I want to note Georgian troops' courage and heroism; this very courage and soldiers’ professionalism helped to evade even bigger tragedy.”
Georgia has almost doubled its contribution to the ISAF mission to over 1,560 last autumn.
Georgia joined ISAF mission in November 2009 with deployment of about 170 soldiers in Kabul. In April, 2010 Georgia increased its contribution by sending a battalion to the Helmand province and in October, 2012 Georgia added one more battalion.
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 13 May.'13 / 21:54
Ministry of Defence of Georgia once again underlines the heroism and devotion of the Georgian military servicemen. Their commitment and their professionalism evaded Georgian troops from greater tragedy.
Killed Georgian soldiers served in the 42nd light infantry battalion of the IV Infantry Brigade.
Junior Sergeant Zviad Davitadze (22.11.1979) had been serving in the Georgian Armed Forces since 2005. He was awarded with the III rank Medal for "Meritorious Service".
Corporal Alexandre Kvitsinadze (17.12.1986) joined the Georgian Armed Forces in 2007. He was granted the Medal "Kakutsa Cholokashvili"
Corporal Vladimer Shanava (01.04.1989) had been serving in the Georgian Army since 2007. He was awarded with the "Medal for Participation in Peacekeeping Operations."