German minister shot at during Afghan visit'

German minister shot at during Afghan visit'



None of the three helicopters in the convoy were hit in the attack, which happened on Friday morning after the minister visited German soldiers in the northern area of Kunduz, a spokesman said, confirming earlier reports.

On his two-day trip, his first to the region, zu Guttenberg held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Foreign Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak.

He also met US General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of the 100,000-strong international force in Afghanistan.

On the second day of the visit, Berlin announced it would send an extra 120 soldiers to Afghanistan to add to its contingent of around 4,300 already on the ground.
The extra infantry company will arrive in mid-January in Kunduz, defence ministry spokesman Steffen Moritz said.

Germany’s parliament has capped at 4,500 the number of German soldiers that can be sent to take part in the mission, which is unpopular in the country.

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