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Colleagues Of Fijian Who Died In Benghazi Bombing Describe Him As A Smiling Gentleman

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces had confirmed that Tabuatausole served in the military from 1987 to 2008.
13 Aug 2019 16:21
Colleagues Of Fijian Who Died In Benghazi Bombing Describe Him As A Smiling Gentleman
The late Mr Tabuatausole

Seniloli Tabuatausole was described by his colleagues as a gentleman who always had a smile on his face.

Mr. Tabuatausole and two colleagues were killed in a car bombing in Benghazi last weekend.

He worked for the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces had confirmed that Tabuatausole served in the military from 1987 to 2008.

He resigned in October 2008 to join the United Nations Security forces.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had expressed his sympathies and sent his condolences to the family of the late Mr Tabuatausole.

“We cannot take life for granted, one minute we may be doing well, the next minute one could be dead, God forbid,”  Mr Bainimarama said.

He posted a tweet on Sunday saying: “Sadly, Fiji’s outsized role at the UN sometimes comes with outsized sacrifices. Today, we mourn the death of one of our own who was senselessly killed by a car bomb in Libya. I send my condolences to the Family of the fallen. God Bless Fiji, and God bless our peacekeepers.”

His family members were still traumatized when approached for a comment yesterday.

Mr. Tabuatausole hails from Suvavou Village. His family stays at Wainidinu Settlement in Lami.

Meanwhile, according to a UN statement from the UN Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salame, civilians were also injured by the explosion.

“This cowardly attack, which comes at a time when Libyans are out shopping in preparation for the Eid al-Adha, serves as another strong reminder of the urgent need for Libyans to stop fighting, set aside their differences, work together through dialogue and not violence to end the conflict”, he said.

Mr. Salame added that “this attack will not discourage us, nor will it prevent us from carrying out our duties to bring about peace, stability, and prosperity to Libya and its people”.

Edited by Percy Kean

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