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Two German Journalists Shot Dead in Afghanistan

Afghan officials say gunmen Saturday shot and killed two German journalists in northern Baghlan province.

The officials identify the journalists as a man and a woman who worked for the German news agency Deutsche Welle.

Earlier, a NATO soldier died when militants ambushed his patrol with a roadside bomb and small arms fire. A NATO statement said the attack occurred in the volatile Panjwayi district of Kandahar province.

Taleban attacks have surged in Afghanistan this year with attacks on military positions as well as suicide and car bombings.

The coalition offensive that toppled the Taleban from power was launched exactly five years ago with air strikes on al-Qaida terrorist training camps and Taleban military installations.

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