Funeral or Party?
Two Italian soldiers in the Nato peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan have been killed after their vehicle was hit by a bomb.
Four Italians were also hurt in the blast as they were travelling south of the capital, Kabul.
Responding to the incident the commander of ISAF, Lt Gen David Richards, said,
"I wish to send my deepest sympathies to the families of those who were killed or injured. It is a great sadness that a small minority of criminals should attack soldiers who have travelled thousands of miles to help the people of Afghanistan, who overwhelmingly support the ISAF presence. This tragic incident will not affect our total determination and commitment to this mission, working in the closest co-operation with our comrades in the Afghan police and army."
Last week three Italian soldiers were killed in Nassiriya, Iraq.
The funeral ceremony was broadcasted live by Italian National Television RAI.
The funeral was attended by the highest authorities of the State, members of Parliament and common citizens.
The two brave Alpinis killed yesterday will finally return home tomorrow and the funeral ceremony will be held next Tuesday.
Italians will hope that the shameful scene shown live at the last funeral will not be repeated.
Mr Pecoraro Scanio, leader of the Green Party, member of Mr Prodi's coalition, attending the funeral ceremony of the three Italian soldiers killed last week in Nassiriya
Most Italians share the same emotions as the deceased soldier's wife on the left of the pic; however, some pay their respects in a less traditional fashion (pic on the right).