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Bangladeshi peacekeeper killed in attack in South Sudan

  • Published at 08:22 pm June 26th, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:46 pm June 26th, 2018
File photo: Bangladesh is one of the largest troop contributing nations to the UN peacekeeping missions MONUSCO/ABEL KAVANAGH

Lieutenant Commander Ashraf Siddiqui was shot while helping escort a aid convoy

A peacekeeper from Bangladesh was killed on Tuesday when unidentified gunmen ambushed a humanitarian convoy on a road in South Sudan, two United Nations sources said.

"Lieutenant Commander Ashraf Siddiqui, was part of a convoy led by Nepalese peacekeepers providing protection to humanitarian workers travelling from Yei to Lasu when several shots were fired at the group by unknown gunmen," the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement adding the peacekeeper, "was hit and died from his injuries shortly afterwards."

South Sudan slid into violence in late 2013 when President Salva Kiir broke with his then deputy Riek Machar, leading to violent clashes between government troops and those aligned to Machar. The two leaders are meeting in neighboring Sudan to try to reach a peace deal.

Two sources with the United Nations in South Sudan told Reuters the peacekeeper was shot while helping escort the aid convoy between the towns of Yei and Lasu in the west of the country.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was not immediately available for comment.

Both government and rebel forces are present in the area where the attack happened. There was no immediate comment from the government.

Lam Paul Gabriel, deputy spokesman of the opposition SPLM-IO, said rebel troops did not attack aid convoys.