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3 Italian Soldiers Killed In Afghan Road Accident

Three Italian soldiers, serving as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed in a road accident in western Afghanistan on Monday.

The accident occurred as an armored jeep they were traveling in overturned while crossing a stream in the town of Shindand in Herat province, reports quoting the Italian Defense Ministry said.

The soldiers were racing to rescue another military unit which was blocked in bad weather when they met with the accident.

With this, the number of Italian troops killed in Afghanistan rose to 45, and foreign troop casualties this year to the same number.

With 3,952 soldiers, mainly deployed in the western part of the country, Italy has the fifth-largest troop contingent constituting ISAF in Afghanistan. It heads the western regional command headquartered in Herat.

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