Two Sri Lankan UN Peacekeepers in Mali killed, three injured in IED attack
Two Sri Lankan army personnel deployed for UN peacekeeping in Mali were killed on Friday morning when their armored vehicle came under attack, Sri Lankan army said.
The Army said an armored vehicle, WMZ carrying Sri Lankan Peacekeeping troops on patrol in the general area of Douentza in West Africa’s trouble-torn Mali, came under a remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack around 6.30 a.m. local time.
The attack on the WMZ and the convoy which was returning after a mission killed one Sri Lankan Army Captain, one Corporal and injured three more Sri Lankan soldiers.
The two army personnel died in the explosion have been identified as Captain H.W.D Jayawickrama of 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry from Polonnaruwa and Corporal S.S Wijekumara of 1 Mechanized Infantry Regiment from Thalakolawewa, Polpithigama of the Sri Lankan Army Contingent in Mali.
The attack has caused damages to the ill-fated WMZ vehicle and another that followed behind.
UN Peacekeeping Mission Headquarters in Mali is conducting investigations into the incident, the Army said.