Two Polish soldiers killed, one wounded in landmine explosion in Afghanistan ' Defense Ministry (AFGHANISTAN)
WARSAW. FEBRUARY 27. INTERFAX CENTRAL EUROPE - Two Polish soldiers were killed and one wounded Tuesday in a mine explosion in Afghanistan's south-eastern Paktika province, according to a Defense Ministry communique.
RUSSIA, 27 February 2008 (Poland Business Newswire)--
"One of vehicles of HMMWV-type [High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle, the so-called Humvee], riding with a motorcade, ran into an improvised explosive (a trap-mine)," reads the communique posted on ministerial website Tuesday. "As a result of the explosion, two Polish soldiers were killed. A wounded soldier, after first aid, was evacuated to a hospital in the town of Orgun. According to doctors, his life is not in danger."
The soldiers were returning from a humanitarian mission.
Prior to the event, Poland had lost only one soldier in Afghanistan.
Poland's mission to Afghanistan was launched in March 2002 with some 300 servicemen and was boosted to the current 1,200 in early 2007, with an annual budget of PLN 461 mln, including PLN 273 mln allocated for equipment purchases, according to the Defense Ministry.
At present, the country intends to consolidate its contingent, now deployed under U.S. command in several cities, including the capital Kabul and the second-largest city, Kandahar, as well as to boost the mission to 1,600 troops and send eight helicopters.
Von: (c) 2008 Interfax Information Services, B.V.