One Italian soldier killed, 5 injured in Afghanistan   2012-03-25 05:41:31            

ROME, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Italy's Defense Minister said on Saturday one Italian soldier with the NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed, and five others were injured from a terrorist attack in Afghanistan.

Michele Silvestri, a 33 year-old military who was married with a child, reportedly died due to mortar fire from Taliban fighters at a base in Gulistan district of western Afghan Farah province.

Five wounded soldiers were transported by helicopter to a military field hospital, the ANSA news agency said.

Rome has deployed 4,200 forces to Afghanistan as part of the military alliance, and has lost a total number of 49 soldiers in the country since 2004.

Editor: yan
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