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Merkel's surprise visit to Afghanistan

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere have arrived in Afghanistan for a surprise visit, a German government spokesman said on Friday.

Merkel and de Maiziere went to the German forces’ headquarters in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, the spokesman said, without giving details of the visit.

It comes six days after the death of a German soldier, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, who died in an attack by insurgents in northern Afghanistan on Saturday.
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