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Body of Croatian soldier killed in Afghanistan arrives home

Posted at 1:47 AM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 04:47:30-04

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The body of a Croatian soldier who was killed in an apparent suicide attack in Afghanistan has been flown back home.

Croatia’s defense ministry says the remains of 27-year-old Josip Briski arrived on Friday on a U.S. C-17 plane from Afghanistan. Family members and top state officials have attended the ceremony at the Zagreb airport which included top military honors for the fallen soldier.

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.

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.