The Italian prime minister has called for international forces to withdraw from Afghanistan, after a suicide Air Jordan Shoes attack in the capital Kabul killed six Italian soldiers.
"We are keen to bring our boys home as soon as possible," Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday as he arrived for an EU summit in Brussels.
The Italian leader conceded that any decision would only be made with the country's Nato allies, saying that Italy "is dealing with an international question that you can't decide on your own because that would betray an accord".
But he added: "We are all convinced that we have to get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible."
At least 10 Afghan Michael Jordan Shoes civilians were also killed in Thursday's blast on a road linking Kabul's international airport to the US embassy.
Fifty 50 people were injured, according to Afghan officials.
"This is an unhappy day for Italy," Berlusconi told reporters.
The presence of Italian troops in Afghanistan has become increasingly controversial in Italy and has put pressure on Berlusconi's governing right-wing coalition.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Kabul, said the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
"[They said] the purpose is to show that there is nowhere safe in Afghanistan.
"The situation is Air Jordan 1 deteriorating, with violence really at an all time high. As violence continues people are concerned about the security situation and the political uncertainty in this country."
Our correspondent said Thursday's blast marked the fourth major attack in the capital in five weeks.
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