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German troops acknowledge friendly fire deaths

German troops acknowledge friendly fire deaths

The German military says its soldiers have accidentally killed five Afghan troops.
A statement from the German central command on Saturday said the friendly fire incident happened amid heavy fighting between German troops and militants near the northern city Kunduz.
The military says German troops who were rushing from Kunduz to the scene in the afternoon encountered two civilian vehicles on the road who did not stop after being warned.
A German tank opened fire on the vehicles only to discover later that Afghan soldiers had been inside them, the statement said. A thorough investigation is pending, the military added.
NATO and Afghan army officials said six Afghan soldiers were killed and more were wounded. The discrepancy was not immediately explained.


Updated : 2021-03-03 06:19 GMT+08:00