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Soldier Dies in Afghanistan
April 16, 2008   
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A Polish soldier died April 8 from injuries cased by an exploding mine in Afghanistan. Another soldier was wounded in the incident although he is not in a critical condition.

The mine exploded under a HMMWV vehicle carrying Polish soldiers from the Ghazni base in Ghazni province to the Waghez district, according to Polish military sources. The wounded were taken to the nearest hospital but doctors were unable to save Private Grzegorz Politowski. He is the fourth Polish soldier to be killed in action in Afghanistan. Second Lieutenant Łukasz Kurowski was fatally wounded while on patrol in August last year. Senior Corporal Szymon Słowik and Private Hubert Kowalewski died after their vehicle ran over a mine near the Sharana base in Paktika province in late February.

Politowski, 26, was a driver in the 5th engineering regiment. He commenced military service in 2002 and has been a career soldier since 2005.

The 1,200-strong Polish contingent in Afghanistan, part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), is responsible for security in its areas of responsibility and for training the Afghan army and police force. The Polish troops are stationed at bases in Ghazni, Sharana, Wazi-Khwa, Bagram and Kandahar. The government recently decided to bolster the contingent to 1,600 troops.
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