28 Nov 2009

German defence head quits over air strike

4:13 pm on 28 November 2009

The head of the German armed forces has resigned over the handling of the aftermath of a controversial air strike in Afghanistan in September which killed dozens of civilians.

The attack had been ordered by a German officer serving with the NATO-led mission there, the BBC reports.

Wolfgang Schneiderhan's resignation follows reports that key information about the 4 September action was withheld, the defence minister said.

A deputy defence minister, Peter Wichert, has also resigned.

The strike targeted two fuel tankers hijacked by Taliban militants in the northern province of Kunduz, but dozens of civilians who were trying to obtain fuel were also killed.