Red Army conscript Bakhretdin Khakimov who was wounded in 1980 during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and presumed dead by his comrades has been found ALIVE after 33 years.
Khakimov 33 years ago [left] - Sheikh Abdullah 33 years later now [right]
Adopting a local name, Sheikh Abdullah, the ex Red Army soldier married a local woman, who later died, and now practises herbal medicine in the western province of Herat.
Khakimov, 53, an ethnic Uzbek, was tracked down after a search for 264 missing Red Army soldiers by a veterans’ organisation.
A spokesman said: ‘His memory is sound and he quickly gave the names of his parents, brothers and sister. He wants to meet his relatives.’ A reunion is expected within the next week. His brother, Sharof, said: ‘It is very sad our parents did not live to see today. I can’t wait to see him.’
Who knows how many NATO soldiers would be found in Afghanistan after the NATO forces abandon the war torn country?