21 March 2013
Bonn court begins hearings in Kunduz airstrikes case
On 20 March 2013, a German court of first instance in Bonn began to hear the complaints by several relatives of Afghans killed by airstrikes in northern Afghanistan near the city of Kunduz in September 2009. The airstrikes were targeted at two stolen tankers but led to the death and injury of numerous civilians. The strikes were executed by American planes, but ordered by a German NATO officer. The German government has already paid 330,000 euros to the victims of the airstrikes, but the claimants before the Bonn District Court claim ten times this amount from Germany.