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German soldier killed in northern Afghanistan: report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, May 25, IRNA -- A German soldier was killed and another one was severely injured in a bombing attack in Afghanistan, the daily Bild reported Wednesday.

The Chief of Staff of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) Volker Wieker confirmed the death of the soldier during a parliamentary session of the defense committee, according to the paper.

The deadly explosion targeted a German patrol in the northern part of Afghanistan.

Dozens of German soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the start of the war in that country in late 2001.

Germany which extended the Afghan military mandate for another year in February, has deployed around 5,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Most Germans are deeply opposed to the military mission in that country.

Berlin hopes to begin the pullout by the end of this year and conclude the withdrawal by 2014, depending on the overall Afghan security situation.

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