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One German soldier killed and three wounded in Afghanistan


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A German soldier was killed Wednesday, Aug. 27, in a roadside bombing in northern Afghanistan while three others were injured.

The German Defense Ministry in Berlin confirmed the casualties, calling the attack "cowardly and underhanded."

Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung acknowledged a deteriorating security situation in northern Afghanistan, where German forces are leading reconstruction operations.

A remote-controlled bomb was used to attack an armored vehicle of the German army in the district of Chardara in Kunduz province, Governor Engineer Mohammed Omar said earlier.

He blamed Taliban militants and the al-Qaeda terrorist network for the attack.

The wounded soldiers were treated by medics from their unit before being transported to the largest German base in the country in Mazar-e Sharif.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) also confirmed the death of its soldier.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the soldier's family and friends as they deal with their loss," Brigadier-General Richard Blanchette, an ISAF spokesperson, said in a statement.

All four soldiers were members of the Para Bataillon 263.

The killed Sergeant-Major was posthum awarded the German Campaign Medal and the ISAF-Medal of the Nato.

On the left you can see German MoD Dr. Franz-Josef Jung at the farewll service in Zweibr?cken/Germany.



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Guest Darrell

I suppose it's all still good if the countries with the loss still care and take the time to make mention of it in the news and media. Once that stops, then you wonder how apathetic people become to the real tragedy of these events.

It's still happening in Canada and (in this case) Germany.

However, it appears with so many US soldiers killed in Iraq over the years, that the individual mention or newsworthy(ness) of the casualties even get recognition anymore.

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