Georgia mourns three soldiers killed in Afghanistan
The bodies of Corporal Alexander Kvitsinadze; Junior Sergeant Zviad Davitadze and Corporal Vladimer Shanava, who were killed as a result of a terrorist attack in Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, were flown back to Georgia by the U.S. Air Force on Thursday.
Defense Minister Irakli Alasania and Georgian army commanders, as well as the family members of the fallen soldiers, the U.S. Charge d’Affaires, Bridget Brink and the head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, William Lahue, attended the repatriation ceremony at Tbilisi International Airport.
“We are here today to honor Georgia’s fallen soldiers who have sacrificed themselves for not only the security of Georgia, but the NATO alliance and the world,” William Lahue, the head of the NATO Liaison Office, said.
On May 13, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into the Georgian base accompanied with an attack by a group of insurgents in which three Georgian soldiers were killed and 27 were injured.
On May 15, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced May 16 as a national day of mourning. According to the order, Georgian flags were lowered to half-mast throughout Georgia in honor of the three soldiers.