April 15th, 2010
09:13 AM ET

4 troops killed in northern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Four German soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, a German military spokesman in Afghanistan confirmed.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said earlier that four of its troops died after an insurgent attack in northern Afghanistan.

German troops have been part of the international military presence in Afghanistan with 4,335 soldiers and have served in the northern part of the country.

Earlier this month, German forces killed at least five Afghan soldiers in the northern province of Kunduz during a friendly fire incident.

The killings came hours after three German troops died and eight others were wounded in fighting with the Taliban. The German army said at the time that the fighting was one of the "most grave and costly" incidents for the country's military since World War II.

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