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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Journalists Killed in Taliban Ambush

PARIS -- Three Western reporters were killed Sunday in northeast Afghanistan when Taliban forces ambushed fighters of the opposition Northern Alliance, their employers said Monday.

Colleagues said the journalists were among six reporters who had set out with Northern Alliance forces to try to verify opposition claims to have captured the town of Taloqan.

French radio reporters Johanne Sutton, 34, and Pierre Billaud, 31, and German journalist Volker Handloik, 40, a freelancer working for Stern magazine, had been riding on the roof of an armored personnel carrier when it came under fire. Sutton, Billaud and Handloik tumbled off the roof of the APC when it braked suddenly and turned back.

French radio reporter Veronique Rebeyrotte, who was also traveling with the group, said the armored personnel carrier left the three journalists behind and their bodies were later recovered by alliance troops.