CORRECTED: Germany alarmed over latest Afghanistan attack

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Germany on Wednesday expressed alarm at the killing of nine Americans by an ex-Afghan air force pilot and said there would have to be "serious discussions" with the Afghan government.

The ex-pilot opened fire after a row at a Kabul training center, killing eight US troops and an American contractor in the worst attack of its kind in almost a decade of war.

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the shooting was "alarming, because you don't protect yourself against friends, you rely on them."

Speaking on the sidelines of a visit to New York, the minister called for "serious discussions" with the Afghan government and said there could be "consequences".

"This is an extremely serious incident." The shooting "fits in with a number of comparable incidents where Afghan security forces or Taliban wearing their uniforms fire on soldiers that are training and supporting."

Germany has about 5,000 troops in Afghanistan and is the third biggest contributor to the international force fighting the Taliban.

© 2011 AFP

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