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Another SANDF soldier dies in the DRC

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A South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of the United Nations Mission has died after he was fatally wounded when a hand grenade exploded.

The explosion happened close to sleeping quarters at their base in Beni in the eastern region of the DRC on Monday.

The SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said “It is not clear what caused the hand grenade to explode. An SANDF board of inquiry including UN officials will be convened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

“The name of the deceased will be announced when all processes to bring his mortal remains back home have been concluded and his family has been informed of his passing” said the military

In June, two soldiers died while 20 where injured when a rebels attacked one of SANDF’s bases in the DRC resulted in Sake, eastern DRC

by Mathapelo Mawasha

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