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Afghan, US Forces Kill 5 Rebels in Eastern Afghanistan


Afghanistan's government says Afghan and U.S.-led troops have killed five Taleban insurgents in the east of the country.

The Afghan Defense Ministry says the rebels were killed in a gun fight Saturday in the eastern province of Paktika. Afghan and coalition forces captured one insurgent.

In other fighting Saturday, a Canadian soldier was killed in Kandahar province when militants ambushed his patrol with a roadside bomb and gunfire.

Separately, Afghan police are searching for the gunmen who killed two German journalists early Saturday in a remote part of northern Afghanistan.

The two Deutsche Welle journalists, a man and a woman, were shot dead as they spent the night in a tent in Baghlan province. The area has been relatively calm this year, and the motive for the shooting is unknown.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned the killings as atrocious and senseless.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP ve AP.
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