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Missing Soviet soldier found in Afghanistan

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A former soldier who went missing in Afghanistan in 1980 as a part of the Soviet Union's invasion of the country has been found alive, news sources report.

USA Today reports that the soldier, Bakhretdin Khakimov, was a rifleman for the Red Army. A group of Soviet veterans found Khakimov in a search for 264 Soviet soldiers reported missing in Afghanistan after the invasion.

According to the article by USA Today, Khakimov, who now goes by the name Sheikh Abdullah, sustained a head wound in battle and was rescued and treated by local Afghans. When found, he was living with locals and working as a healer in Herat.

CNN reports that the group who found Khakimov made contact with him two weeks ago. He has no identification papers, but he could accurately identify pictures of other Soviet soldiers who served during the time of the invasion.

According to CNN, Khakimov, now a widower, was married while in Afghanistan. The group responsible for finding the man is trying to arrange for him to meet his remaining Russian relatives.

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