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Polish soldiers detained for civilian deaths in Afghanistan
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13:06, November 14, 2007

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Seven soldiers of the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan were detained Tuesday in connection with an incident in which several Afghan civilians were killed, the Polish Defense Ministry said.

The soldiers were detained on the orders of the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutor said charges would be presented Wednesday.

The soldiers were accused of breaking international law, especially the Hague and Geneva Conventions ratified by Poland, the ministry said in a statement.

On Aug. 16, two days after the first Polish soldier was killed in an ambush near the Afghan border with Pakistan, the Polish troops from the Wazi-Khwa base were attacked while on patrol by the Taliban, who then went into hiding among civilians. The Polish soldiers fired mortars in the direction of the attackers, killing and wounding several civilians.

Poland has more than 1,100 troops in the southeastern Ghazni and Patika provinces of Afghanistan, as part of NATO's 36,000-strong International Security Assistance Force.

Source: Xinhua

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