Another SANDF Soldier Killed in DRC

NATIONAL NEWS

By Staff Reporter

POLOKWANE- Another South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been killed, adding to the growing list of casualties from the mission.

According to the SANDF, the soldier was fatally wounded when a hand grenade exploded close to the sleeping quarters in their base in Beni. This tragic incident comes just a month after two other South African soldiers lost their lives during an attack by M23 rebels in June.

The circumstances surrounding the hand grenade explosion are still unclear, and an investigation is currently underway. Siphiwe Dlamini, Head of Communications for the SANDF, stated, “An SANDF board of inquiry, including United Nations officials, will be convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. The name of the deceased will be announced when all processes to bring his mortal remains back home have been concluded and his family has been informed of his passing.”

This incident highlights the ongoing dangers faced by South African soldiers deployed in the DRC as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission. The SANDF continues to work with international partners to ensure the safety and security of their personnel in the region.

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