Dhaka – Three Bangladeshi peacekeepers have been killed and four others in an explosion during a clash with criminals in the West African country of Mali, officials said in Dhaka.
Sergeant Altaf, Lance Corporal Zakirul, and Soldier Monwar, who were in a peace mission in the former French colony, were killed, according to Inter Service Public Relations office of Bangladesh armed forces.
The clashes took place on Saturday and the troops successfully ward off the criminals. But a bigger of criminals ambushed the peacekeepers when they were on their way to the camp.
Improvised explosive devices (IED) went off during the ambush and the soldiers were killed, ISPR said.
Maj Zadid, Corporal Mahim, Soldier Sabuj, and Soldier Sarwar survived the attack with injuries. They were taken to hospital for batter treatment, he added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed shock at the death of the soldiers. She recalled with deep gratitude the contribution of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers to maintaining peace in Mali.
“Their deaths are an irreparable loss to the world peace as well as Bangladesh,” she was quoted to have said by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
Hasina also prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved families.
She wished early recovery of the injured Bangladeshi peacekeepers.