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Four Italian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Four Italian soldiers were killed and one was seriously injured in Afghanistan today when a bomb blew up their vehicle, Italian Minister of Defence Ignazio La Russa said.

The soldiers were attacked near Farah in western Afghanistan while escorting a convoy of civilian trucks, the minister said in an e-mailed statement.

Terrorists threatening Europe come from these regions, Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in an e-mailed statement today. “We are committed to accelerate the transition phase which will give Afghan soldiers the responsibility to control their country,” he said.

Today’s blast brings to 34 the number of Italian soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since 2004. Italy will have 4,000 troops in the country by the end of the year, up from 3,500, Undersecretary Maurizio Crosetto said on the Ministry of Defence website Sept. 23. The number will be reduced starting next year.

(Updates with number of Italian troops in Afghanistan.)
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