Italian Secret Service agent Pietro Antonio Colazzo, age 48, was one of eighteen foreigners killed on 26th February 2010 during a terrorist attack on two hotels in Kabul.
He was shot and killed as he was alerting police to the attack on the phone. According to Abdul Rahman Rahman, the commander of Kabul's police, Colazzo "was in a room right behind the attackers and he could see what was happening."
Colazzo, who lived in Rome, was praised by Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, as "a faithful government servant who died doing his job."
The combined suicide-bomb and shooting attack claimed the lives of ten other foreigners including nine Indian medical staff and French filmmaker Severin Blanchet plus three Afghan police officers.