Germany condemns Taliban NATO attack

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Germany on Saturday condemned a Taliban car bomb attack on a NATO military convoy in the Afghan capital Kabul that left 17 dead.

"Foreign Affairs Minister Guido Westerwelle condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack on the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers," a spokesman said in a statement.

"Germany and its allies will continue with the transfering of responsibility for security matters to the Afghan authorities and will support the difficult process of internal reconciliation in Afghanistan," the statement said.

A Taliban attacker blew up his vehicle next to a US-run bus travelling through the southwest of the city, killing 13 members of Western military forces. Three bystanders and a policeman also died in the blast.

Saturday's blast was the deadliest for the coalition since the death of 30 US troops, including 25 US Special Operations Forces, whose helicopter was shot down in mid-August south of Kabul in Wardak province.

It comes as NATO prepares to hand large areas of Afghanistan to local forces, and ahead of two international conferences aimed at bridging peace.

Germany has 5,000 troops committed to the alliance, the second largest number after the US and the UK.

© 2011 AFP

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