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Afghan police chief and German soldiers killed

The Local · 28 May 2011, 19:20

Published: 28 May 2011 16:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 May 2011 19:20 GMT+02:00

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The German commander of NATO forces for northern Afghanistan, Gen. Markus Kneip, was injured but survived the attack, German Defence Minister Thomas

de Maizière said. Early reports had said three Germans had died in the bombing.

"I ask the German public, especially now, to support our mission in Afghanistan," de Maizière said in Berlin. "Our soldiers belong to us all."

The bomber struck after a meeting about security held at the office in the provincial capital Taloqan, in the latest instance of high-profile target selection by the Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Seven people were killed," Faiz Mohammed Tawhidi, said spokesman for the governor of Takhar province, Abdul Jabar Taqwa, adding that the governor was wounded.

Four Afghans, including the chief of police for northern Afghanistan General Mohammed Daud Daud, was among the dead, he said.

Qutbuddin Kamal, a senior aide to the provincial governor, confirmed that Daud had been killed. "At the end of the meeting, when we wanted to leave, a suicide bomber waiting in the corridor blew himself up," he said.

According to Zemarai Bashary, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, 12 people were wounded.

Daod was a key figure in Afghanistan's recent history, a former military commander of Ahmad Shah Massoud's Northern Alliance who oversaw the siege of Kunduz, the final major battle of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

A former deputy interior minister, when he was the top counter-narcotics official in Afghanistan, he accused the Taliban of profiting from the opium trade by forging an alliance with drug smugglers and taxing farmers.

He also served at one point as governor of Takhar, reportedly at the request of the British, who considered him the country's cleanest governor. He was appointed chief of police for northern Afghanistan last year.

Earlier, he had been part of the Afghan mujahedeen fighting against occupying Soviet troops.

The Taliban, which has been fighting an insurgency against the government in Kabul and its Western allies since it was ousted from power in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack.

"One of our mujahedeen carried out the attack inside the Takhar governor's complex during a meeting about security," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said.

"Most (of the participants) were killed, including Gen. Daud Daud, who was chairing the meeting, the chief of police (for Takhar province)" and German and American soldiers, he said.

Daud's killing comes two months before international troops are due to start handing over control of security to local forces and withdraw from the country, a process that is due to be completed by 2014.

There are currently around 130,000 international troops, with some 5,000 from Germany, stationed in Afghanistan.

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Takhar is normally a relatively quiet part of the insurgency-wracked country, although earlier this month 12 people were killed in Taloqan when Afghan police and German soldiers opened fire on 2,000 demonstrators protesting against a NATO raid.

Neighbouring Kunduz province has become a Taliban bastion in recent years, and has seen an increase in the frequency of insurgent assaults.

The Taliban have recently stepped up targeted strikes against high-profile, high-security sites across Afghanistan, in what analysts say is a strategy to discredit the Kabul government and its allies.

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Your comments about this article

19:34 May 28, 2011 by Lachner
My deepest condolences to all the victims, both German and Afghan. I would like for the German people to support the Bundeswehr in their mission in Afghanistan and for the Government to deploy more troops.
23:37 May 28, 2011 by 9900lawre
I join in the respects to the fallen comrades
04:28 May 29, 2011 by ronasch
This is so very sad. There is no reason for Germany or any nation to be in Afghanistan. This is a no win situation but the megalomaniacs in Washington insist the USA and it's so called allies must be there.
07:17 May 29, 2011 by belladons

You're an idiot, period.
08:22 May 29, 2011 by ChrisRea

If you would like to contribute to this discussion, I would appreciate if you would discuss ideas and not just attack the persons (the other contributors). Expressing your opinion about the content of the article (even without arguments) works well, too.
09:36 May 29, 2011 by ovalle3.14
I would rather have my loved ones by my side (call them "cowards" or whatever you will) than dead in a foreign war (call them "heroes" or who knows what).
11:12 May 29, 2011 by Kayak

Where's your contribution to the debate, mate? Shut up or get on with it!

Ronash made, at best, a naive comment although it could just as easily be that the Ronash **is** an idiot (i.e. Ronash has no ability to understand complex issues)

Dear Chris, If you think all war is wrong, then go form pacifist party and let the people decide!

Enough with the school-teacher sh#t.
13:07 May 29, 2011 by ChrisRea
Dear Kayak,

Let me explain an apparent overcomplex issue: my contribution was a meta comment outlining generally accepted discussion principles. Wait, I realise I should first explain you the word "meta" - it is a prefix used in English (and other Greek-owing languages) to indicate a concept which is an abstraction from another concept, used to complete or add to the latter.

Anyway, thank you for your comments. It helped me remember a quote sometimes attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt - "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people."
13:20 May 29, 2011 by hasanhusin
unwinnable war, leave now or be humiliated and defeated like other invaders n occupiers before this: Monggols, British n Soviets. Better take take lessons from history...
06:20 May 30, 2011 by creamy
It is all about the Opium and Heroin. A billion dollars a month in the U.S. and probably more in Germany, England etc.
15:13 May 30, 2011 by Gilly58
some of you guys really make me laugh, swinging you're handbags at each other won't change the outcome of the political agenda. We should support the brave man & women of our armed forces irespective of what, when and how our governments decide to implement them. They are government tools and just do what they are instructed to do.
15:32 May 30, 2011 by Ludwig von America
I don't think anyone here does not support their troops. But, people are entitled to speak out against their governments for wasting those troops in a senseless war. After thousands of troops killed, thousands of troops wounded, thousands of innocent civilians killed and wounded, thousands of millions of dollars spent, thousands of heartaches and personal tragedies...we have not changed anything we started out to change. The Taliban is as strong as ever, the people don't want us there and the world is no safer. Anyone who either cannot see this or refuses to accept it is the idiot.
16:13 May 30, 2011 by Gilly58
So LvA, speak out against your government by all means...I guess you would much rather the bad guys come and do another 9/11 styley on your door step then would you. I suppose you have also been there to witness first hand that no changes have been acheived have you, and how do you know that the taliban are as strong as ever. How can you say that you support the troops when you say in the same breath, that they are wasting their efforts and ultimately, their lives in a senseless war. Go and tell our brave men & women that they are idiots and see what response you get.
18:36 May 30, 2011 by ChrisRea

If the government orders the army to stop the tsunami by shooting the waves, would you agree that the soldiers would waste their efforts and maybe their lives? In the same time, the population could not say that they withdraw their support to the army/soldier, just because they received stupid orders. The same way, many believe that the current plan of fighting Talibans is stupid, even if the goal is a right one. It does not make sense to prevent a terrorist attack that would kill 3,000 people by having military operations that mean killing tens of innocents a week (plus your military casualties) and in the same time giving more reasons to people to join the Taliban side.

Are the news from the media not enough to figure out that Taliban forces are stronger than ever? Then read the latest UN report http://unama.unmissions.org/Portals/UNAMA/human%20rights/March%20PoC%20Annual%20Report%20Final.pdf.

First two sentences from the executive summary: "The human cost of the armed conflict in Afghanistan grew in 2010. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and UNAMA Human Rights recorded 2,777 civilian deaths in 2010, an increase of 15 per cent compared to 2009."
08:35 May 31, 2011 by Gilly58
An absolute brilliant analogy CR, I bow down to your intelligence. What do you do all day, apart from read media reports and watch the news from your comfy armchair. I would just repeat what I wrote in my last post to you too. Have a great day and don't forget to keep up with the media reports.
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