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Two journalists wounded in Afghanistan

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  • Photographer, cameraman traveling with U.S. military in southern Afghanistan
  • Their vehicle was hit by the bomb, Associated Press said in a statement
  • Eighteen journalists have been killed in the country since 1992
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Two journalists working for Associated Press were wounded when they were struck by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the news agency reported Wednesday.

Emilio Morenatti, a photographer, and Andi Jatmiko, a cameraman, were traveling with the U.S. military in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday when their vehicle was hit by the bomb, the AP reported.

They were immediately taken to a military hospital in Kandahar. Morenatti was badly wounded in the leg and his foot was amputated; Jatmiko suffered leg wounds and two broken ribs, the AP said.

Morenatti, 40, a Spaniard, is based in Islamabad and has worked for the AP in Afghanistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. He was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2009 by Pictures of the Year International.

Jatmiko, 44, from Indonesia, has reported for the AP from throughout Asia for more than 10 years.

Their wounds reflect "the risks that journalists like Emilio and Andi encounter every day as they staff the front lines of the most dangerous spots of the world," AP President Tom Curley said in a statement.

Afghanistan is the 11th-most dangerous country in the world for journalists, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Eighteen journalists have been killed in the country since 1992 -- 16 of them since the war began there in 2001.

Explosions of roadside bombs -- also called improvised explosive devices, or IEDs -- have increased by 114 percent in Afghanistan this year compared to the same period last year, the British Ministry of Defence said late last month.

Of troops killed in action, 73 percent of them were killed by IEDs, the ministry said.

The U.S. military has called IEDs the weapon of choice for insurgents in Afghanistan and the biggest threat facing coalition troops there.

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