June 10, 2009

German soldiers under fire in Afghanistan

Bundeswehr | 08.05.2009


No German soldiers were killed in the gun battle

Germany's Defense Ministry says 30 of its soldiers stationed in Afghanistan were involved in an extended fire-fight with insurgents.

Defense Ministry spokesman Thomas Raabe said the German soldiers called in support from Afghan forces, after they came under fire near the city of Kunduz on Thursday afternoon.

Raabe said that four of the attackers were killed during the fight, while another four were injured and four more detained.

Raabe said the fighting was still ongoing Friday but no Germans had been killed.

This most recent attack on German soldiers in Afghanistan comes just over a week after a 21-year-old soldier was killed in a gun battle, also near Kunduz.

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