Bomb hits German military vehicle in northern Afghanistan
A German military tank was struck by a roadside bomb in northern province of Kunduz on Sunday, causing an unknown number of injuries, a local officials said, dpa reported.
The vehicle was part of a convoy patrolling in the Kunduz district of Chardarah Sunday morning when it hit a bomb, Abdul Wahid Omarkhel, the district governor, said.
Two military helicopters were seen landing near the site to evacuate the wounded, Omarkhel said. "The tank is destroyed, but we don't know how many soldiers were injured."
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid took responsibility for the attack by phone from an undisclosed location. He claimed that two military tanks were destroyed and all the occupants were killed.
The attack came a day after a roadside bombing killed a US soldier and wounded three others on the northern outskirts of Kunduz city.
Kunduz and neighboring Baglan province, in the relatively peaceful northern region, have seen increased Taliban activity in the past three years. Afghan and NATO troops plan to begin a major operation in the provinces in the coming months.
US and German troops are stationed in Kunduz as part of more than 120,000 NATO and US soldiers in the country. The total number of foreign troops is set to peak at 150,000 by summer.