Funeral Held for Croatian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

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ZAGREB, July 27, 2019 – Croatian Army Lance Corporal Josip Briški, who was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan earlier this week, was buried with the highest military honours at Markovo Polje cemetery in Zagreb’s eastern district of Sesvete on Saturday.

The funeral was attended by his family and friends, Defence Minister Damir Krstičević, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Mirko Šundov and Army personnel, the Defence Ministry said in a press release. The funeral rite was led by Military Ordinary Jure Bogdan.

Briški, aged 27, was a member of the 10th Croatian contingent in NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. He died from serious injuries suffered in an attack by a Taliban suicide bomber on a military convoy in Kabul on Wednesday. Two other Croatian soldiers were wounded and are recovering in the US hospitals in Kabul and Bagram.

Briški is the first Croatian soldier killed in Afghanistan since Croatia deployed its troops there in 2003. About a hundred Croatians are among 20,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, mentoring and training Afghan security forces as part of NATO’s Resolute Support mission.

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