Five Italian soldiers were wounded in a roadside blast in Kirkuk on Sunday morning while conducting a counter-Islamic State training operation for Iraqi troops.
An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated as an armored vehicle containing personnel from a range of military regiments passed by. The five wounded soldiers were immediately evacuated and airlifted to the American hospital in Baghdad, according to Italian media outlet la Repubblica.
In an interview with state channel Rai News, Italian Gen. Nicola Lanza de Cristoforis reported that one soldier lost a leg to amputation, another suffered serious internal injuries, and one more suffered a severe foot injury. Rai News later reported that a second soldier underwent an amputation.
Both outlets have reported that all five soldiers are now in a stable condition.
According to a statement from Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio, the soldiers had been training Iraqi security forces “engaged in the fight against ISIS.” Italian forces regularly participate in international efforts to train the Iraqi security forces tasked with preventing a resurgence of the militant group in Iraq