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Three Afghans killed in Bundeswehr clashes

The Local · 5 Jun 2011, 12:49

Published: 05 Jun 2011 12:49 GMT+02:00

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The military initially said there was no evidence of any deaths at the hands of German troops.

Despite those findings, the UN report said the Bundeswehr soldiers' reaction was "appropriate," according to information obtained by weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

Violence broke out on May 18 during a memorial service for four victims of a nighttime attack by US special forces. The funeral escalated into a demonstration outside a German field camp in Talokan, with attackers throwing Molotov cocktails and hand grenades.

German troops fired flares and warning shots before finally taking aim. The UN report said four Afghan security forces and two German soldiers were injured.

A defence ministry spokesman said Sunday that questions regarding whether German troops were responsible for any casualties could not be answered until ongoing investigations are complete.

"All findings so far show that German soldiers acted in accordance with national rules and ISAF rules," the spokesman added.

On May 20 the ministry issued a report, which stated Bundeswehr soldiers fired shots in self-defence because attackers did not respond to warnings. In addition, the ministry said it could not rule out the possibility that one member of the crowd was struck by gunfire in the neck or head.

The German defence ministry's own investigation also concluded that German soldiers took proper action, according to Der Spiegel. The ministry has been keeping both the report and surveillance footage under wraps for over a week.

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02:53 June 6, 2011 by hasanhusin
my sincere advice is Germany/Nato leave afghanistan now. After 10 years Nato, after spending trillions of dollars and sacrificing thousands of valuable young soldiers lives is losing not winning. Just look at some operations by Nato before this: marjah operation and the latest in Kandahar, all failed, even under the said best commander, Petreus.... instead of running away, talibans are having their spring offensive now. Kabul is no longer safe, Even the very heart of defence ministry in Kabul was suicide bombed. Also the german top general, Marcus kneip couldn't escape from their attack and now severely wounded and most likely will not be able to go back to afghanistan.

Talibans are just fighting to free their land, is it wrong to free one's land, is is right to call such people as terrorist? The real terrorists are the invaders and occupiers. The west invaded and occupied their land and brought Karzai from overseas to become their puppet in Afghanistan. Rational people couldn't deny that, it's a fact... Withdraw now or to be like other aggressors and occupiers before this: Monggols, British and Soviets....
13:28 June 6, 2011 by vossy
Why do Bundeswehr soldiers wear arm badges with "Germany" on them and not "Deutschland" ? The first language of the army is not English is it? Just wondered.
17:17 June 7, 2011 by wenddiver
Nice to see they actually got a chance to do some shooting. Must be boring as hell to be in an Army that isn't allowed to shoot bad people.
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