One of four injured UN workers returns home

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Phin Sarann, a former CMAC staffer working as an interpreter with UNMAS returned to Cambodia. DAP

One of four Cambodians working for the United Nations returned to Cambodia after recuperating from his wound in last month’s car bomb attack which killed two people in northern Mali, an official said.

On November 12, four Cambodians were among 14 wounded people in a car bomb attack carried out by a rebel group in the city of Gao.

Major general Phal Samorn, deputy director general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, said today that Phin Sarann, a former CMAC staffer working as an interpreter with UNMAS, the UN’s mine-clearing operation, arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport on Sunday evening after recovering from his wound.

Mr Sarann had injury on his ribs and head.

“One Cambodian staffer working for the UN returned to Cambodia on Sunday evening after he has recovered from his injury,” Maj Gen Samorn said.

Maj Gen Samorn said that General Sem Sovanny, director general of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, welcomed Mr Sarann at the airport and gave him some money.

Three others who sustained minor injuries were former CMAC officers Hul Sok Heng and Ream Dy and Sam Ratha, a former staffer at demining group HALO Trust.

It is unclear if Mr Sok Heng, Mr Dy and Mr Ratha have returned home or still worked in Mali.

Mali has been in turmoil since Tuareg rebels and militants, some with links to Al-Qaeda, occupied the north in 2012.

French forces intervened the following year to fight back the militants, but they have since regrouped and launched regular attacks on civilians, government soldiers and international missions.

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