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Protest leaves soldiers hurt, Afghans dead

The Local · 18 May 2011, 12:30

Published: 18 May 2011 12:30 GMT+02:00

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A spokesman for the Bundeswehr told The Local he could not confirm reports from Afghan health authorities that more than 50 Afghans were injured and at least 10 killed during the demonstration in Taloqan.

Reports from Afghanistan suggested around 2,000 people demonstrated in front of the German camp, protesting the presence of foreign troops, and their own government led by President Hamid Karzai, shouting slogans such as “Death to Karzai” and “Death to the USA.”

This had been prompted by a military operation during the night in which they said civilians had been killed, although NATO spoke rather of four rebels who had been killed. German troops did not take part in the operation.

Abdul Jabar Taqwa, Governor of the Takhar province told DPA news agency that some of the protesters had thrown hand grenades into the German camp and that three Afghan guards had been injured.

One demonstrator named Abdul Khalik, who helped to take injured people to hospital, said that police had first fired on the demonstrators but that later German soldiers had come out of their camp. He could not say whether the German soldiers had opened fire.

The Bundeswehr maintains a small camp with around 40 soldiers in the area – known as a Provincial Advisory Team (PAT).

A Bundeswehr statement said around 100 people were protesting, and ignored warning shots from the police, moving towards the PAT. Shops and cars were damaged by the protesters, the statement said.

Hand grenades and Molotov cocktails thrown from the crowd injured six people including two German soldiers – one slightly, and one more seriously. Four Afghan guards were hurt too.

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Your comments about this article

13:03 May 18, 2011 by Sooney
Wishing a speedy recovery to both soldiers!
13:20 May 18, 2011 by wenddiver
Throwing bombs and shouting death to the government. Those are Talliban. You can kill them, thats the whole purpose of this Safari.

You know why they don't do this with US or Danes? Hint, we use those expensive weapons, when we see Talliban. They don't get that close to us.

Get well soon.
22:45 May 18, 2011 by Landmine
Damn those Taliban for interrupting German Happy Hour!!!!
09:31 May 19, 2011 by moistvelvet
"Throwing bombs and shouting death to the government" "You can kill them"

Yet in Libya NATO will protect and assist them.
09:47 May 19, 2011 by adipk
what a sick blogs. protestors were not taliban. anyway ................
10:29 May 19, 2011 by Krazi Diva
Adipk please explain how you know there were no taliban present. They are the one inciting the locals to demonstrate. They throw hand grenades/molotovs from behind the crowd and let the locals take the fire from soldiers. Duh!
13:03 May 19, 2011 by wenddiver
Real civilians would have ran as soon as the first bomb or Molotov cocktail went off.

Real world this is your Son's and daughter's lives, 2000 Tallibum and supporting cave people using weapons on 40 of your troops is not a protet. If you need any clarification and don't believe the US assesent call the Danes or British.

Calling in supporting helecopter gunships would have probably dispersed the regular cave people and left you with just the hard-core bomb throwing Tallibum to shoot.

they are assaulting the German Army, because they know the liberal pukes who hate Germany and her Army will make a bg deal out of this, back home in Germany.

Back the men on the ground fighting to keep Germany free of Terrrosts, one of them is worth 2000 terrorists or their supporters.
21:36 May 19, 2011 by toemag
On all of what wenddiver has written +1.
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