German Forces Attacked in Afghanistan

BERLIN (AP) - Two attacks on German forces in Afghanistan killed
one soldier and wounded nine Wednesday as Germany's foreign
minister began a two-day visit to the country.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived for the previously unannounced
visit to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, his foreign and
interior ministers, and international representatives in Kabul.

Shortly after Steinmeier touched down, a suicide bomber lightly
wounded five German soldiers in near Kunduz city, the German
Defense Ministry said.

Later in the day, another patrol came under fire northwest of
Kunduz, in a deadly attack that left one soldier dead and four
others lightly wounded, the ministry said.

Steinmeier insisted that Germany would not allow such attacks to
deter it from carrying out its mission in the Central Asian nation.
Some 3,750 German troops are stationed in Afghanistan, where they
serve in the relatively peaceful north.

Wednesday's fatal attack brought to 32 the number of German
soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since the country's mission
there began in 2002, including 15 who died in attacks.

Steinmeier's trip follows an April 6 visit to Afghanistan by
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She visited German bases in the
north but did not go to Kabul.

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