Soldier 'missing' since 1980 found in Afghanistan

Bakhredtin Khakimov was living a semi-nomadic life with rescuers

Soldier 'missing' since 1980 found in Afghanistan

In this 1988 file photo, an unnamed Soviet soldier is seen peering through a window during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. A former Red Army soldier who went missing in action during the 1980 invasion has been found alive almost 33 years after he was rescued by Afghan tribesmen. (Mikhail Evstafiev/Wikimedia Commons)

By Peter Shadbolt
CNN

SHINDAND, Afghanistan — A former Red Army soldier who went missing in action in 1980 during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has been found alive almost 33 years after he was rescued by Afghan tribesmen.

Now living under the name of Sheikh Abdullah and working as a traditional healer in the Shindand District of Afghanistan, the former Soviet soldier Bakhredtin Khakimov, an ethnic Uzbek, was tracked down by a team from Warriors-Internationalists Affairs Committee, a nonprofit, Moscow-based organization that leads the search for the former Soviet Union's MIAs in Afghanistan.

"He received a heavy wound to the head in the course of a battle in Shandand district in September 1980 when he was picked up by local residents," the organization said in a statement posted on its website. "He now leads a semi-nomadic life with the people who sheltered him."

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