32-year-old Sergeant Kazimierz Kasprzak was killed today during a patrol in the south-eastern area of the Ghazni Province, which is under Polish control. He is the 21st Polish soldier to fall in Afghanistan since the start of the Poland’s mission with NATO in 2002.
Sgt. Kasprzak, the squad commander of a group of soldiers from the Bravo Combat Group, was injured but not killed when a roadside bomb exploded during their patrol, after which he was airlifted to an on-base hospital nearby. However, his wounds were too grave and he died in hospital during an operation that day. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
The Polish mission in Afghanistan, in which 2,600 troops are currently serving, is set to conclude in 2012, as promised by President Bronisław Komorowski.