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Roman Góralczyk


Polish Army

Private 1st Class, 7th BN, 25th Air Cavalry Brigade

2/25/2005, Diwaniyah, Iraq

A Polish soldier and two Iraqis were killed on Friday when a civilian bus struck a Polish military vehicle in central Iraq, a spokesman said. The Polish jeep was escorting an explosives disposal team when it was hit by the bus at around 8:30 a.m. local time (0530GMT) about 1.5 kilometers (one mile) south of Diwaniyah, said Polish military spokesman Lt. Col. Zbigniew Staszkow.

“Our car, our military vehicle was being driven properly,” he said in a phone interview from Iraq.

In addition to the people killed, four Polish soldiers and 15 Iraqi civilians were injured, Staszkow said. The Polish soldier killed was identified as Pfc. Roman Goralczyk. The Polish military, which commands a 6,000-strong international force in Iraq, has now suffered 17 fatalities in its mission. An investigation of the incident is underway, Staszkow said.


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