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Second critically injured soldier returns to Slovakia

The Slovak soldier who was shot in the head during the so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attack in Afghanistan in early July was transported to Slovakia from the US military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He will continue recovering at the Central Military Hospital in Ružomberok, Žilina Region, the SITA newswire reported on August 9.

The Slovak soldier who was shot in the head during the so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attack in Afghanistan in early July was transported to Slovakia from the US military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He will continue recovering at the Central Military Hospital in Ružomberok, Žilina Region, the SITA newswire reported on August 9.

Improvements in the soldier’s condition allowed him to be transported back to Slovakia. His doctors confirmed that his condition is no longer critical, as the monitoring of his vital functions is not necessary. The doctors have also started the soldier on a rehabilitation programme.

“I am pleased that our second seriously injured soldier is already out of the worst,” said Slovak Defence Minister Martin Glváč, as quoted by SITA, wishing both soldiers the best in their convalescence.

The other critically wounded soldier, who was shot in his chest, was transported to the hospital in Ružomberok on July 30. The doctors said they could not predict how long it will take for the soldiers to fully recover, as reported by SITA.

A member of the Afghan National Army attacked the Slovak soldiers on July 9 near the Kandahar Airfield base in a so-called ‘green-on-blue’ attack, in which an Afghan service member turned his weapon on coalition forces.

During the shooting, Daniel Kavuliak, a 35-year-old sergeant-major, died, while another six soldiers were injured. Two of them, suffering from serious injuries, were transported to a US military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, on July 11.

The attacker, who was initially apprehended by coalition forces, soon afterwards escaped custody, reportedly with the help of an Afghan guard. The Afghan Taliban have confirmed that they were cooperating with the gunman.

Source: SITA

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