Rome: Two Italian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Italian officials and news reports said.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi offered his condolences to the families of the soldiers but stressed the need for Italian troops to remain in the country.
The two were killed by a roadside bomb north of Herat, the ANSA news agency reported.
The Italian Senate and lower chamber of deputies observed a minute of silence after word of the deaths was announced.
Italy has about 2,800 soldiers stationed in Herat and in the capital of Kabul. It has suffered at least 26 deaths in Afghanistan, including the two deaths yesterday and the suicide of another soldier over the weekend.