A suicide car bomb blew up a convoy of Italian military vehicles from the NATO-led force in the Afghan capital Kabul on 17th September 2009. Six Italian soldiers and ten Afghan civlians were killed in the huge blast.
The explosion struck just after midday on a road to Kabul airport, about 1.5 kilometres from the gates of the United States embassy. It destroyed one vehicle used by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF).
The explosion was so big that buildings in the immediate area shook from the blast. In addition to the dead, another four Italian soldiers were wounded in the attack. The Taliban were quick to claim responsibility.
Defense Minister of Italy, Ignazio La Russa said. “It was a cowardly attack on those who have saved many lives.”
The six soldiers killed, all serving with the Italian Parachute Regiment, were: