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German parliament to probe deadly Afghan airstrike

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Dec 10, IRNA -- German lawmakers are to investigate the controversial September 4 Afghan air strike which killed as many as 142 people, many of them civilians.

The parliamentary defense committee is to meet on Wednesday to look into the scandal which has rocked Germany's political scene.

The airstrike, ordered by a German officer, targeted two fuel tankers hijacked by Taliban rebels that had become stuck in a river bed.

Franz Josef Jung, former defense minister and the military's top officer at the time of the airstrike, resigned from the government in November when it emerged that information about civilian victims may have been withheld up from the public.

German Defense Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg has also come under renewed pressure Wednesday over the government's knowledge of civilian victims of a botched airstrike in Afghanistan.

The Hamburg-based news magazine Stern reported earlier that Guttenberg, who became defense minister in October, had been made aware on November 6 of a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that claimed there had been 74 civilians, among them children, killed in the Kunduz airstrike.

The German government has meanwhile agreed to compensate the families and relatives of Afghan civilians who lost their lives in the devastating air attack.

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