A German court in Bonn has begun hearings for a lawsuit by relatives of victims of an air strike in Afghanistan ordered by NATO's German command.
The attack by U.S. fighter jets on September 4, 2009, near the northern Afghan city of Konduz hit two fuel tankers stolen by insurgents.
More than 90 civilians around the tankers were killed, causing outrage in Germany.
The hearing started with the examination of a claim by an Afghan father seeking 40,000 euros ($51,800) for the death of two children and that of a widowed mother of six who is asking for 50,000 euros ($64,700).
The victims' lawyer said on March 18 that 79 affected Afghan families are seeking a total of 3.3 million euros ($4.3 million) from Germany.
Based on reporting by dpa and Stuttgarter-zeitung.de