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Ministry: Italian intelligence agent wounded in rescue operation in Afghanistan is dead

Ministry: Italian intelligence agent wounded in rescue operation in Afghanistan is dead

An Italian intelligence agent who was kidnapped with a colleague in Afghanistan and wounded during the rescue operation has died, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
The man had been put on a respirator to help him breath after he was injured in the NATO-led raid on Sept. 24, a few days after he and the colleague had been abducted.
He died Thursday in the Celio military hospital in Rome, the ministry said in a statement. His colleague had also been injured but not seriously.
The death was likely to reinforce calls for the withdrawal of Italy's 2,000-strong contingent in Afghanistan by radical leftists, who are in the ruling coalition of Premier Romano Prodi.
Prodi has so far resisted the calls. He has also defended his decision to stage the daring rescue operation saying that "any other option would have been worse."
The two Italians, working for the SISMI military intelligence service, had been kidnapped in western Afghanistan.
They were freed by Italian commandos aided by other NATO forces and aircraft as the coalition forces determined the kidnappers had started moving the hostages.
Italian special forces ambushed the convoy, sparking a gunbattle that killed at least eight of the kidnappers. NATO said the two Italians were probably injured by their Taliban kidnappers.
The two had returned to Italy for treatment last week.


Updated : 2021-10-22 09:33 GMT+08:00