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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 August 2007, 22:29 GMT 23:29 UK
First Pole killed in Afghanistan
A Polish soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, becoming the country's first fatality since it joined the Nato-led force there in March 2002.

Second Lieutenant Lukasz Kurowski was fatally wounded during an attack on a convoy by suspected Taleban insurgents.

He died en route to hospital after an exchange of fire some 20 km (12 miles) southeast of the city of Gardez.

Poland earlier this year increased its existing Afghanistan contingent of around 200 troops to more than 1,100.

Polish defence minister Aleksander Szczyglo said that Lukasz Kurowski, 28, had "died in the line of duty".

Five Afghan soldiers were injured during the incident.


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