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Another German soldier killed in Afghanistan, five more wounded

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jun 2, IRNA -- A German soldier was killed in an attack in Afghanistan on Thursday, raising the death toll of German troops in the war-stricken country to four in less than 10 days, the German army announced in Berlin.

Five additional soldiers were injured, two of them seriously, in the bombing attack on a German tank, which took place around 36 kilometers south of the city of Kunduz.

On Saturday, two German soldiers were killed and a senior NATO official, German General Markus Kneip, northern Afghanistan commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was injured in a bomb blast.

Last Wednesday another German soldier lost his life in an assault on a patrol in the northern province of Kunduz.

Some 51 German soldiers have reportedly 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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