German troops attacked in N Afghan province

08:41, November 23, 2009      

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Taliban militants attacked a patrol team of German forces in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan Sunday, officials said.

"German troops were on routine patrol in Nahr-e-Sufi area of Chardara district when Taliban insurgents targeted them with rocket propelled grenade at 2 p.m. local time but caused no loss of life and damage," governor of Chardara district Abdul Wahed Omarkhil told Xinhua.

A spokesman with German troops in Kunduz province Mertiene also in talks with Xinhua confirmed the attack but stressed there were no harm to the troops.

He further said that aircrafts in retaliation pounded Taliban positions and inflicted casualties on militants.

Meantime, Zabihullah Mujahid who claimed to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location claimed that three German soldiers were killed in the attack, a claim rejected by officials in the province as groundless.

A relatively peaceful until early this year, Kunduz has been the scene of spiraling Taliban insurgency over the past several months.

Source: Xinhua
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