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Afghan Munition Explosion Kills 2 German Soldiers, 5 Afghans

In Afghanistan, a huge explosion in a convoy hauling munitions and weapons to a remote location for destruction has killed two German soldiers and at least five Afghans.

Afghan officials say the explosion in the northern province of Takhar Saturday was accidental. They say a third German soldier and a sixth Afghan were wounded.

The Associated Press quotes Afghan President Hamid Karzai as saying he was deeply saddened by the incident.

The German soldiers were part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The German detachment of about two thousand troops provides security and collects weapons and ammunition from disarmed militias for disposal.

ISAF has about 8,000 troops in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.