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Soldiers find abandoned baby girl

Published 20/09/2012 | 20:37

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A baby girl found was abandoned in southern Afghanistan (AP/Poland's Defence Ministry)

Polish troops on patrol in southern Afghanistan have found a newborn baby abandoned at the side of a road.

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The girl, wrapped in a towel, was discovered by soldiers who were checking the safety of a route near their Waghez military base, according to Defence Ministry spokesman Janusz Walczak.

The soldiers were first suspicious about the bundle in a country where hidden roadside bombs are prevalent.

No other people were found within a one-mile radius, and it was unclear who had left the baby there and why.

The entire column took the infant to a medical centre at the base, and soldiers were sent to buy baby formula, a bottle and a bib.

The troops named the little girl Pola, after Poland, and planned to give her to Afghan authorities.

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