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Bomb squad in Afghanistan finds baby in roadside package

Anti-explosive unit arrived in full gear after alarming call

Bomb squad in Afghanistan finds baby in roadside package

(ANSA) - Kabul, September 25 - A Polish anti-bomb squad in Afghanistan called to investigate a suspicious package left on the side of the road in the northeastern province of Kunar discovered a newborn baby, not an explosive, NATO authorities said on Tuesday. The Polish unit in the country as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) arrived at the scene in full protective gear after receiving a call alerting them to a possible "Taleban-made bomb". "We took all necessary precautions when nearing the package. When we got close enough, we realized it was moving," said a Polish forces spokesman from the Waghez base. After lifting a cardboard covering, the soldiers found an infant no more than two-days old swathed in a towel. Medical staff at the Polish military base performed a check-up while a soldier was assigned to purchase a bottle and formula at a local pharmacy. The girl, named Pola by the soldiers, will be entrusted to Afghanistan State authorities, said a Polish military spokesman.

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