A suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least three civilians including two children. The Taliban, which pledged to step up its bombing campaign this year, has claimed the attack. It is thought they were targeting a convoy of troops from the US-led international coalition. A spokesman said two vehicles were damaged but no-one was injured. Attacks occur virtually every day somewhere in the country.
Nato forces working with the Afghan army say they killed 30 Taliban in air raids in the Farah region yesterday. There are signs that more coalition allies could take part in front line clashes with the Taliban.
Italy, which has 2,400 soldiers in the country, says it will decide on new rules of engagement by mid June.
Currently many participating countries restrict their troops to the relative safety of the Kabul region.