Thursday, March 7, 2013

Two Italian troops injured in Farah province of Afghanistan

According to reports at least two Italian troops were injured following a roadside improvised explosive device blast in western Farah province of Afghanistan.
The incident reportedly took place early Wednesday morning after a vehicle of the Italian troops struck with a roadside bomb, causing one of the armoured vehicle to overtun.

The two Italian soldiers were takne to a nearby hosptial for treatment purposes who had minor injuries in their arms. The blast took place between Bala Buluk and Shewan towns.

An Afghan interpreter accompanying the Italian troops was also injured following the attack which took place on the convoy of nine armoured Lynx vehicles with Afghan police as well as Italian troops on board.

Italian troops are frequently travelling to Shewan in order to train Afghan police forces.

Italy has deployed around 4,000 soldiers under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force Mission in Afghanistan.

ISAF is due to hand over responsibility for security to Afghan forces by the end of 2014 and draw down its combat troops although NATO and international partners have pledged to give long-term support to Afghanistan.

By Sayed Jawad - 06 Mar 2013, 3:11 pm

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