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German court dismisses compensation case brought by Afghan airstrike victims' relatives
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 8:10 AM EST
A court in Germany has dismissed a civil case brought by relatives of some of the 91 Afghans killed in a NATO airstrike four years ago.
Brig. Gen Georg Klein, who was a colonel at the time, ordered the Sept. 4, 2009, airstrike near Kunduz because he feared that insurgents would use the tankers to attack his troops.
Germany paid $5,000 each to the families of civilians who were killed as they tried to syphon fuel from the tankers. The relatives had sought additional compensation from the German government.
Court spokesman Philipp Prietze says the ruling can be appealed.