Liberia Lost One Peacekeeper in Fatal Rebel Attack

Liberia’s peacekeepers in Mali have come under multiple mortar shell  attack by Malian rebels leaving one  soldier dead and eight others wounded with  three  condition been described as critical. The incident occurred on Wednesday May 3rd, 2017, at 1300 hours at the Super Camp.  The Super Camp which is the operational base of the Liberian troops falls within Sector West in Timbuktu.


The Defense authority has strongly condemned the attack on its troops and has expressed words of condolence to the next of kin or the bereaved family for the sad home-going of  one of  its  courageous soldiers who, with  valor, dignity and  nationalism  served humanity  until his demise as a result of the cowardly attack by   rebel  forces in Mali. This is the first fatality reported since Liberia deployed its troops in Mali.


It can be recalled that Liberia engaged in the search for peace in the sisterly state of Mali dating back to June 23, 2013 when the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) deployed its first platoon in Mali. Since then the AFL has had three rotations; first, June 26, 2014; second, June 25, 2015; and September 2, 2016.


Meanwhile, the AFL remains engaged in the peacekeeping process in Mali despite the fatal attack on its position.  Further details surrounding the incident will be released as they unfold.


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