An Italian soldier has been killed and three others were wounded in an insurgent attack in western Afghanistan earlier today, Italy's Defence Ministry announced.
A spokesperson said the attack in Farah province came as the Italian soldiers were returning to their base after training Afghan security forces.
The Italian convoy of three armored vehicle had been slowed by traffic near an intersection when an attacker ran up and threw an explosive device into the lead vehicle, the ministry said.
The injuries of the three wounded soldiers were not life-threatening, it added.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed earlier that there had been an insurgent attack in the region, but it did not provide details of the soldier's nationality in line with protocol.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has confirmed three of its service members were killed when someone wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned their weapon on them.
ISAF said in a statement:
Three International Security Assistance Force service members were killed today when an individual wearing an ANA [Afghan National Army] uniform turned his weapon against the ISAF service members in eastern Afghanistan.
ISAF and Afghan officials are assessing the incident and more information will be released when it becomes available.