Polish soldier dies in east Afghanistan
A Polish soldier serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has died of injuries he sustained in the explosion of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni.
Poland's Defense Ministry announced on its website on Saturday that the 38-year-old warrant officer, identified as Miroslaw Lucki, was among the three Polish soldiers injured on Friday while assisting Afghan forces taking control of a large amount of explosives and weapons used for terrorist attacks.
The ministry further noted that the injuries to the two other Polish soldiers were not life-threatening.
Several Afghan members of the Provincial Response Company were also hurt in the incident.
The incident brings the overall death toll for Polish soldiers based in Afghanistan to 42. Poland reportedly has about 1,600 troops in the war-battered Asian country.
According to official figures released by the website icasualties.org, six US-led troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan in August.
The website added that the overall number of ISAF soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan stands at 115, out of which 90 are American.
A total of 402 US-led soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2012. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for US-led military casualties with a death toll of 711.
In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual offensive against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing they would use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces, specifically mentioning insider attacks and bomb attacks.
The announcement has prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.