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At least six Italian soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack on a military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Italian defence officials say.

Reports said two Italian military vehicles were hit by the bomb. At least 38 others were injured in the attack, the Afghan health ministry said. The bomb went off near Kabul's diplomatic quarter in the city centre.

The blast comes as Afghan President Hamid Karzai reaffirmed his belief in last month's election process. ugust's presidential election has been overshadowed by widespread allegations of fraud.


Eyewitnesses say the blast shook buildings and that a plume of black smoke is now hanging over the area where the explosion occurred. A reporter for the AFP news agency saw six bodies at the scene of the blast.

Two civilians and a soldier with the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) were seen lying by the roadside after the blast, while another foreign soldier was badly burnt, the agency reported. An Isaf spokesman was unable to confirm the casualties, telling AFP: "We have no information about any Nato or Isaf involvement."

Photographs and television footage of the blast site showed the Italian flag on Isaf armoured vehicles, one of which was destroyed. There have been several bomb attacks in Kabul this year. Shortly before nationwide elections in August, Nato's Kabul headquarters was hit by a suicide car bomb attack which killed seven Afghan civilians. Correspondents said then that the attack underscored the increasingly brazen nature of the Taliban threat.


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