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Bangladesh says its 3 UN peacekeepers killed in Central Africa

Dhaka, Oct 4 (EFE).- Three members of Bangladesh’s armed forces engaged in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic were killed and an officer was injured in a blast using an improvised explosive device, the authorities in the Asian country said Tuesday.

The incident occurred when a vehicle carrying the Bangladeshi peacekeepers was crossing the Kaita area at 8.35pm local time on Monday, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Bangladesh army.

The impact of the blast threw the vehicles some 15 feet away, leaving three soldiers critically injured.

Those severely impacted were transferred to Mimusca Hospital at Bouar town of the Central African Republic, 144km from the incident spot, amid inclement weather and darkness, according to the statement.

Doctors at the hospital declared three soldiers dead around 6.30am local time on Tuesday, said the statement.

The statement added that one officer, an injured army major, was undergoing treatment at the hospital and his condition remained stable.

According to the United Nations, Bangladesh is the largest contributor to its peacekeeping missions as of June 30, 2022.

A total of 6,700 members of Bangladesh Army, police and other forces are currently involved in eight UN peacekeeping missions across the world. EFE


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