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AFL Suffers Blow In Mali: One Dead, Three Critical
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AFL Suffers Blow In Mali: One Dead, Three Critical

By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, May 6 (LINA) – The Ministry of National Defense (MOD) says an attack on its peacekeepers in Mali has resulted to the death of Corporal Sheriff Ousma and three soldiers seriously injured in the West African state of Mali.

The Armed Forces of Liberia has deployed a platoon of soldiers as part of the peacekeeping troops of the United Nations Mission in Mali.

According to Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs, David K. Dahn, the incident occurred on Wednesday, May 3, when soldiers assigned at the “Super Camp,”  in Timbuktu came under multiple mortar shell attacks by Malian rebels.

Dahn revealed that the attack took place at the operational base of Liberian troops west of Timbuktu, Mali.

He clarified that eight soldiers were injured but that the three who were seriously wounded were taken to Nigeria and then Senegal for further treatment.

The Assistant Defense Minister noted that despite the fatal attack on its forces, the AFL will remain engaged in the peacekeeping process in Mali.

It can be recalled that on June 23, 2013 Liberia deployed its first platoon, with the second and third deployed on June 25, 2015 and September 2, 2016.

The May 3 incident is the first major experience in which the country lost a soldier.

“Defense authority strongly condemns the attack on its troops and expresses words of condolence to the next of kin or the bereaved family for the sad home-going of Corporal Sheriff Ousma who with valor, dignity and nationalism served humanity until his demise.

The ministry also expressed regrets to the family members of those who sustained injuries as a result of the attack,” Dahn noted.

Meanwhile, the MOD has promised to update the public on the situation, particularly those seeking medical attention.

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