A German paratrooper has died from severe burns more than a year after a suicide bomb attack close to the German base in Kunduz. The 24-year-old is the 36th Bundeswehr casualty in Afghanistan.
The paratrooper was badly wounded on August 6, 2008, when a motorcycle rider stopped next to him, then blew himself up. The burns on his skin and lungs eventually proved too severe, and he died late on Sunday night in hospital in Mainz.
Another soldier was gravely injured, and a third slightly wounded during the attack, which took place just south of Kunduz, a town where Germany has one of its biggest military bases in Afghanistan. The region, once considered a relative safe haven in the country, has become more and more violent of late.
Thirty-six German soldiers have now been killed during the ISAF-led mission in Afghanistan, a military engagement that - according to opinion polls - is unpopular amongst the German public. Roughly 4,200 German troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan.
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