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Body of Polish soldier missing in Afghanistan found: NATO

The body of a Polish soldier missing after an insurgent ambush in Afghanistan has been found, the NATO alliance said on Tuesday, after Afghan forces said five of their men were killed in the same attack.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2009 14:25 IST

The body of a Polish soldier missing after an insurgent ambush in Afghanistan has been found, the NATO alliance said on Tuesday, after Afghan forces said five of their men were killed in the same attack.

"The missing in action was found," International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokeswoman Lieutenant Commander Sam Truelove told AFP.

She said she could not confirm the nationality of the soldier, as this information has to come from the soldier's home nation, but said it was the same incident as one reported on Monday from Warsaw.

A Polish army spokesman said that one soldier was missing and four were wounded in the attack in the central province of Ghazni. A search operation was launched for the missing troop, Miroslaw Ochyla told AFP on Monday.

Truelove said she could not give details of the incident, saying it was still being investigated.

"While conducting a routine patrol, ISAF and Afghan security forces received small arms fire from multiple insurgents. The patrol responded to the attack but a service member died in the engagement," an ISAF statement added.

The Afghan defence ministry said on Monday that the ambush had killed three Afghan soldiers and two policemen.

The attack in the central province of Ghazni comes amid a spike in insurgent violence that authorities fear could stop Afghans from casting their ballots in August 20 presidential and provincial council elections.

ISAF draws together around 64,500 soldiers from 42 nations. More than 250 Western troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan this year, most of them in attacks linked to the Taliban militia.