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Body of Croatian soldier killed in Afghanistan arrives home

July 26, 2019
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In this photo provided by Croatia's Defense Ministry, Croatian soldiers pay their respect to Croatian soldier Josip Briski who was killed in an apparent suicide attack in Afghanistan, inside a US cargo airplane at Zagreb airport, Croatia, Friday, July 26, 2019. Briski is the first Croatian soldier killed while serving in the international mission in Afghanistan. A total of 99 Croatian soldiers are deployed there. (Croatian Defense Ministry via Associated Press)
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In this photo provided by Croatia's Defense Ministry, Croatian soldiers pay their respect to Croatian soldier Josip Briski who was killed in an apparent suicide attack in Afghanistan, inside a US cargo airplane at Zagreb airport, Croatia, Friday, July 26, 2019. Briski is the first Croatian soldier killed while serving in the international mission in Afghanistan. A total of 99 Croatian soldiers are deployed there. (Croatian Defense Ministry via Associated Press)

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian soldier who was killed in an apparent suicide attack in Afghanistan was flown home Friday.

The body of 27-year-old Josip Briski arrived on a U.S. C-17 plane from Afghanistan. Family members and top state officials attended the ceremony at Zagreb airport.

Briski died Wednesday after a suicide bomber slammed into his vehicle with a motorcycle. He and two other Croatian soldiers were initially wounded in the attack, but Briski later died from his injuries.

“He gave his life for the values he believed in,” Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic said at a separate commemoration ceremony Friday.

Briski is the first Croatian soldier killed while serving in the international mission in Afghanistan. A total of 99 Croatian soldiers are deployed there.

Briski will be buried on Saturday.

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