10 March 2016

South Africa: SA Soldier Killed in Sudan Ambush

A soldier has been killed and another injured after an SA National Defence Force convoy was ambushed in northern Darfur, Sudan, the SANDF said on Thursday.

The convoy was escorting humanitarian aid trucks, and was ambushed en route to an exchange point between the SANDF and Rwandan battalions.

"This was a routine security escort to protect the movement of World Food Programme (WFP) trucks to a pre-determined destination," the statement said.

"The convoy came under fire 25km away from the exchange point and was able to hold ground and protect the WFP trucks."

During an exchange of fire one soldier was killed and another was wounded.

"The wounded member was medically evacuated to EL Fashir to receive medical treatment. He is in a stable condition."

The name of the soldier would be released "on completion of all due processes".

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, SANDF chief General Solly Shoke and chief of joint operations Lieutenant General Duma Mdutyana expressed their condolences to the family and friends of the soldier who died, and wished the injured soldier a speedy recovery.

Thirteen South African soldiers were killed in a clash with rebel forces in Bangui, in the Central African Republic, in March 2013.

Source: News24

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