Top German Soldier Quits Over Cover-Up
Posted on Nov 26, 2009
Germany’s top soldier, army chief Wolfgang Schneiderhan, has resigned over accusations of a cover-up after officials withheld information about a NATO airstrike that killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan.
Germany’s top soldier has resigned over allegations of a cover-up related to a deadly Nato air strike in Afghanistan.
Wolfgang Schneiderhan’s move followed reports that key information about the 4 September action was withheld, the defence minister said.
The strike, which was ordered by a German commander, targeted two fuel tankers hijacked by Taliban militants.
But dozens of civilians were also killed in the attack, which happened in the northern province of Kunduz.
Wolfgang Schneiderhan will no longer be Germany’s army chief.