Four Bangladesh Army personnel have been killed and as four others injured in an explosion in the line of duty while keeping peace for the United Nations in Mali.
An improvised explosive device or IED exploded at Douentza in the West African nation around 2:30pm local time on Wednesday (28 February), the military’s press wing said in a release.
According to the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate or ISPR, all eight victims are members of the Bangladesh Army.
The deceased are Warrant Officer Abul Kalam from Pirojpur, Lance Corporal ‘Akter’ from Mymensingh, Soldier ‘Raihan’ from Pabna, and Soldier (chef) ‘Jamal’ from Chanpainawabganj.
The injured are Corporal ‘Rasel’ from Naogaon, Soldier ‘Akram’ from Rajbarhi, Soldier ‘Newton’ from Jessore, and Soldier ‘Rashed’ from Kurhigram.
The ISPR said the injured personnel were getting medcal attention while the other Bangladeshi members of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali were safe.
Six Malian soldiers were killed in a similar incident in the same area a day earlier, the mission (MINUSMA) said in a statement, according to a Reuters report.
March 01, 2018