Three German soldiers die in Afghanistan gunbattle

June 23rd, 2009 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Berlin, June 23 (DPA) Three German soldiers died in a gunfight in the northern Afghanistan region of Kunduz Tuesday, Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung said.
The three soldiers were taking evasive action with their armoured vehicle when they were involved in a fatal accident, sources told DPA.

Two soldiers died immediately and the third died on the way to hospital.

Earlier, the defence ministry said a German patrol came under fire during a combined operation with Afghan security forces.

The incident took place some six kilometres from a base housing a German provincial reconstruction team helping to improve the local infrastructure.

The security situation in the Kunduz region has deteriorated in recent months amid increasing attacks by fundamentalist Taliban rebels.

Germany has around 1,100 soldiers based in the Kunduz region.

The last German fatality in the region occurred at the end of April when a soldier was killed in an ambush.

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