Polish soldier dies at Camp Ādaži in Latvia

A Polish soldier in Latvia as part of NATO's defensive presence has died at the Ādaži military base near Rīga, Latvia's Defense Ministry said in an announcement December 15.

The fatality occured on December 14 when the unnamed serviceman "had been engaged in sports during his free time and died during a running exercise," according to the statement.

"At this sad time, our thoughts are with the family and service members of the Polish soldier who has passed away," Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks said.

"This is a difficult time because we have lost one of our own - a soldier," said Latvian Defense Chief Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņs, "I extend my sincere condolences, though words are inadequate to express the loss, to the family and colleagues of the Polish solider who passed away."

Poland has around 160 soldiers serving in the NATO battlegroup in Latvia as part of a 1,400-strong contingent that also includes troops from Albania, the Czech Republic, Italy, Canada, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain as well as Latvia.

It is not the first fatality among the battlegroup. As previously reported by LSM, two Albanian soldiers died earlier this year as the result of an accident during bomb disposal operations.  

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