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Bundeswehr probes claims that teen girl was killed in shootout

DPA/The Local · 7 Feb 2010, 16:00

Published: 07 Feb 2010 16:00 GMT+01:00

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Authorities on the ground in Afghanistan said a 14-year-old girl had been killed and a six-year-old boy injured, though a Bundeswehr spokesman in Potsdam said there was as yet no confirmation of this.

It was also unclear which side might have been responsible. The death was reported by Afghan side.

The German army, or Bundeswehr, confirmed on Friday there had been an encounter between its soldiers and insurgents near Kundus, where the Bundeswehr is based.

German soldiers were attacked by insurgents and battle ensued, it said. One insurgent was thought to have been wounded.

Following a mortar attack on a police station, German soldiers had given medical care to an injured child and brought the child back to the field camp for further treatment, the statement said.

Germany has 4,300 troops in Afghanistan and has pledged to send a further 500.

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On Wednesday, Georg Klein, the German commander who controversially ordered an airstrike on two hijacked petrol tankers in Afghanistan, will appear before a parliamentary inquiry into the September incident, which killed more than 100 people, including civilians.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

19:34 February 7, 2010 by wood artist
The reality of this type of conflict is that regardless of intent and care, there will be unintended casualties. That doesn't make this any less heartbreaking, and I'm not suggesting we just accept it as "the cost of doing business."

On the other hand, the Taliban do see it that way. Attacking civilians with suicide bombers, car bombs, and other devices can only have that type of result. It is obvious they are willing to kill and maim their own, simply to regain power. The NATO troops struggle to sort out the real "bad guys" and withhold fire when human shields are being used. But it will never be perfect.

05:17 February 8, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
As unfortunate as it is, civilians sometimes die in war. Simple fact.
13:39 February 8, 2010 by tollermann
well said Der Grenadier aus Aachen !
14:38 February 9, 2010 by Frenemy
@mrnosey: Oh.....Well, if you put it that way: point well taken! :-)
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