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September 7th, 2009
08:27 AM ET

Germany calls for probe into Afghan airstrike

A victim of an ISAF airstrike on a hijacked oil tanker is carried into the Kunduz hospital on Friday.

A victim of an ISAF airstrike on a hijacked oil tanker is carried into the Kunduz hospital on Friday.

CNN

The German chancellor on Sunday called for a quick and thorough investigation into a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan that killed at least 90 people.

The German commander in the area called in the airstrike Friday in the northern Kunduz province. It happened as Afghans tried to siphon fuel from two tankers hijacked by the Taliban a day earlier.

"Regarding the Kunduz incident, I would first like to clarify that the German government and I personally want to see a NATO investigative team swiftly put together that will carry out a thorough and quick explanation of what took place and whether there were civilians killed," Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters.

"If there have been civilians among the victims, I will, of course, deeply regret this."

The total death toll has varied depending on the source, but local Afghan officials have said at least half of those killed were civilians.

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