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Our 3 Fijians Safe In Northern Sinai

Three Fijian soldiers on patrol in Northern Sinai were not injured when a roadside bomb detonated beside them last Friday. This confirmation was made to the Fiji Sun yesterday by
20 Oct 2015 10:29
Our 3 Fijians Safe In Northern Sinai
Flying Fijians at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva

Three Fijian soldiers on patrol in Northern Sinai were not injured when a roadside bomb detonated beside them last Friday.

This confirmation was made to the Fiji Sun yesterday by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho who is currently on a military assignment in London.

He said the three Fijian soldiers, a senior officer and two others, were on patrol when the improvised explosive device detonated.

“No one was injured,” he said.

Colonel Qiliho said another Fijian vehicle came to their rescue.

The three, he said, were safely removed from their vehicle and taken to an Israeli hospital for observation.

He said their observation had been completed and all were well.

The three, he said, had started duty yesterday.

While he did not release the names of the three, Colonel Qiliho assured the families of the soldiers in Sinai and the nation that all was well in the Sinai.

He also said that while the rotation had started in Sinai and the soldiers had arrived in Fiji, the rotation in Iraq would soon start as they were now waiting for an available plane to bring those from Iraq to Fiji. He said some of them had been in Iraq for more than a year serving in the United Nations Guard Force.

Meanwhile the United States was sending dozens of additional troops and support equipment to improve protection for Multinational Force and Observers peacekeepers in the northern Sinai Peninsula in the aftermath of a roadside bomb attack in September. Four US soldiers and two Fijians were injured when their vehicles were hit by a roadside bomb during a routine patrol near their base in the town of el-Gorah.

Islamic militants have been increasingly active launching attacks in Sinai. Colonel Qiliho said the incidents would not affect the Fijian deployment to Sinai.

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