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Polish Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
March 5, 2008   
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Two Polish soldiers, Szymon Słowik and Hubert Kowalski, died in Afghanistan Feb. 26 after their vehicle ran onto a land mine. A third soldier was slightly injured and according to doctors his life is not in danger. The incident took place three kilometers away from the Sharana base in Paktika province. The soldiers were returning to the base from a humanitarian operation in a convoy of Humvee vehicles.

The first Polish soldier killed in Afghanistan was Łukasz Kurowski, who was fatally wounded Aug. 14, 2007 after his patrol came under fire. In October last year, a Polish soldier suffered injuries to his foot and calf in a mine explosion. Another four were injured in early July after their vehicle ran onto a mine.

There are now around 1,200 Polish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force. Their responsibilities include ensuring security, training Afghan soldiers and police officers, and protecting reconstruction projects. Polish forces are stationed in Kabul, Bagram, Kandahar and the provinces of Balkh, Ghazni and Paktika. The Defense Ministry plans to increase the contingent by another 400 soldiers.
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