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Rocket Hits German Camp in Afghanistan

A lone rocket struck a German military camp in northeast Afghanistan overnight hours after German Defense Minister Peter Struck arrived in the country, a NATO military official told AFP Sunday. The rocket attack late Saturday on the Provincial Reconstruction Team in northeastern Faizabad did not cause any injuries and was over 150 kilometers (240 miles) away from Kunduz city where Struck was spending the night, Major Andy Elmes, spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said. "Last night at 2248 (1828 GMT), the camp received a rocket into the compound. It landed without detonating properly, no injuries. The German defense minister was nowhere in the region," Elmes said. The German military police in the PRT in Faizabad are investigating the incident along with the Afghan authorities, he added. Germany has over 2,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of an increased NATO-led peacekeeping force providing security for the country's September 18 parliamentary elections. Around 10,500 ISAF troops are in the country to bolster security in northern and western Afghanistan and the capital Kabul. Many of them are stationed at civil-military PRT's which undertake reconstruction and development work as well as providing security.