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Rebels in DRC Claim Lives of Three Tanzanian Soldiers on SADC Mission

Rebels in DRC Claim Lives of Three Tanzanian Soldiers on SADC Mission

The SADC Secretariat has announced that three Tanzanian soldiers, deployed under a SADC Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lost their lives, while three others sustained injuries following an attack by rebels.

In a press release issued by SADC on Monday, April 8, it was reported that a South African soldier passed away while undergoing treatment for health complications at a hospital in Goma, DRC. The press release stated:

“The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC) sincerely regrets to inform the public of the passing of three of its soldiers and three who were injured in the United Republic of Tanzania.

This unfortunate incident occurred after a hostile mortar round fell near the camp where they were staying. SAMIDRC also informs the public of the passing of a South African soldier who died while receiving treatment due to health challenges in a Hospital in Goma, DRC.

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The soldiers were deployed under the auspices of SADC as part of a regional response to address the unstable and deteriorating security situation prevailing in the Eastern DRC.

The SADC family expresses its heartfelt condolences to the beloved families and the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the United Republic of Tanzania on the irreplaceable loss of the deceased soldiers and, at the same time, wishes the three injured soldiers a speedy recovery.

The SAMIDRC remains focused on carrying out its mandate as per the principle of collective self-defence and collective action outlined in the SADC Mutual Defence Pact (2003).”

 

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