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Bundeswehr soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Local · 25 May 2011, 15:40

Published: 25 May 2011 13:55 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 May 2011 15:40 GMT+02:00

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The Bundeswehr informed the German parliament of the soldier’s death near the regional capital Kunduz, according to Der Spiegel magazine. It is thought the bomb was self-made, a so-called improvised explosive device (IED).

The Bundeswehr’s Inspector General confirmed the incident, although the Bundeswehr Operations Command in Potsdam, would only confirm an attack on a German patrol at 8 am German time.

"This attack touches us all, it hits us all in our hearts," said Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday afternoon. But he said the, "cowardly, anonymous attack" would not change the Bundeswehr's strategy in Afghanistan.

The German Armed Forces Association said the recent death showed how soldiering could not be compared to any other profession.

"Death and injury are constant companions," said association leader Ulrich Kirsch.

Political leaders immediately condemned the attack.

Free Democratic Party (FDP) leader Rainer Brüderle called it cowardly and said "our thoughts are with the families and comrades of fallen soldiers."

Meanwhile, the Left party called for Germany to pull completely out of Afghanistan.

“It is high time to end this war and the army immediately withdraw from Afghanistan,” said party leader Gregor Gysi.

“We condemn this dastardly and heinous act in the strongest terms,” said Green party leaders Renate Künast und Jürgen Trittin in a joint statement.

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Nearly 50 German soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the Bundeswehr’s Afghanistan mission in 2001, 30 of them in combat. The army is in Afghanistan under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force operation Isaf.

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Your comments about this article

16:11 May 25, 2011 by strahlungsamt
Ever hear the saying "War is Hell"?

Guess not. See, when you go to war, you risk getting killed.

If you don't want to get killed, don't go to war.

It's that simple.
17:00 May 25, 2011 by ame64
War is a very dirty business, and lots of people think its easy and clean, thanks mostly to the movies.

If you have to go to war, prepare to kill and get killed. There are no "in betweens".
17:15 May 25, 2011 by ovalle3.14
Beats me why someone would go to war and die like this instead of, say, bringing up a family.
20:16 May 25, 2011 by 9900lawre
I would like to start with my deepest respects to a fallen comrade and to my sympathies to the family and friends left behind.

If soldiers like me didn't go to war we would all be able to either be tree hugging monkeys or slaves to opressive leaders.

Take a swipe at comparing western governments to opressive ones if you like, but i'd rather sacrifice a small amount of my time for the devil we know than my family live all of it's life with devil we don't!

Tree hugging monkeys out there? How far would you go or how much would you take before your forced to get out from behind your comfy desks and act?
08:45 May 26, 2011 by asteriks
One more fool died for profit of corporations which finance political parties.
09:25 May 26, 2011 by Gilly58
Please don't knock our brave and bold, they are only the political tools of our governments who decide where and what they do. They are most definatley not fools and deserve far more credit. These people are prepared to pay the ultimate price so that we can all sleep safley in our beds at night. Irespective of what we may think about our governments decisions, we should in my view, support our troops.
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