According to the statement of the military’s media wing, three Army personnel from Bangladesh have been killed in an attack by terrorists while serving for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. The Inter-Service Public Relations Directorate or ISPR has issued a statement that reads four other people including a major had been injured on September 24. It was an IED that went off at the time of confrontation with the terrorists. The names of the deceased have been disclosed as Lance Corporal Zakirul, Soldier Monowar and Sergeant Altaf.
The Inter-Service Public Relations or ISPR also admitted that the injured people namely Major Zadid, Corporal Mahim, soldiers Sabuj and Sarwar were being taken to a hospital, which is situated in Gao city. The Bangladeshi peacekeepers were returning to their camp from their work. Suddenly they have been victimized by a deadly terrorist attack after a successful encounter. The statement from the military media wing also reads “At one stage of the fight, an improvised explosive device or IED exploded, killing three Bangladeshi peacekeepers and wounding four”. The peacekeepers have been deployed in the regions of Mali since a long time by the United Nations. Mali is a landlocked country located in West Africa. The conflict in Mali had begun in the year of 2013 after the launch of a sudden operation led by the Malian and French forces in response to some territorial gains by Islamist insurgents.
A large number of Bangladeshi workers about 7,636 works in the UN peacekeeping mission. Near about 15,209 uniformed personnel have been deployed in the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali or MINUSMA. Until August of this year the number of deceased Bangladeshi workers, who lost their lives in the Peacekeeping mission was 129.