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ISAF general describes Afghan bomb attack

The Local · 30 May 2011, 09:02

Published: 30 May 2011 09:02 GMT+02:00

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“The soldiers here and I as their commander have the very clear task of bringing peace and security to this country together with our Afghan partners,” the 55-year-old wrote in a statement to international ISAF troops, according to news magazine Der Spiegel. “I will fulfil these expectations.”

Kneip was mildly injured on Saturday when he was hit by shrapnel from a suicide bomb-blast inside the governor’s palace in Takhar provice, where a delegation of Afghan politicians and high-ranking soldiers was meeting with Bundeswehr officers.

Two German soldiers were among the six people killed in the blast, including the police chief for northern Afghanistan, Gen. Mohammed Daud Daud.

One of Kneip’s bodyguards and another of his close colleagues were killed in the blast. Several Bundeswehr soldiers were injured, including a female interpreter. She was in a “critical condition,” the Bundeswehr announced late on Sunday.

In his statement, Kneip described the moment of the blast. He had been having “very good, forward-looking talks” with the governor, high-ranking Afghan military personnel and the police chief Daud.

The group then left the conference hall on the second floor and gone downstairs to a hall.

There was suddenly a “tremendous explosion in our immediate vicinity,” he wrote. “Two soldiers from my close working circle were killed others were hurt, some seriously.”

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He wrote that he had worked “every day with these wonderful people” and said his thoughts were now with their families.

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Your comments about this article

11:59 May 30, 2011 by adipk
There must be interviews of relatives those who died yesterday by Nato's friendly fire. 32 civilians and 20 police officers including woman and children.

why media always hide such accidents. Are they not human beings.
06:09 May 31, 2011 by Sastry.M

Comment quite justified.Address humanity first before taking up missions to root out evil.
08:30 May 31, 2011 by noemi flor taburnal
hey where can i get the lsit of security officers who works in frankfurt airport?please i badly needed..
20:43 May 31, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
There is no notion of humanity in a place where suicide-bombers attempt to destroy families and institutions that provide stability and law. What are these radical "anarchists" thinking? They want no rule of law, and the threat of death looming over their society? Absolute insanity. I don't think anyone will understand why they sacrifice themselves for a 'cause' so unnecessary and perverted.
23:55 May 31, 2011 by Major B
This General should be commended. He has that soldier attitude.

Rally the politicians, get tough, and take those

Taliban bastards out. A warrior general can make a world of difference in this effort.

And the politicians want to hollow out the Bundeswher, reduce its forces to nothing and leave the troops even less able to properly defend themselves?

There has got to be some forward leaning leadership somewhere in Germany.
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