Cambodian peacekeepers in Mali wounded

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Cambodian peacekeepers deploying in Mali under the UN banner. UN Photo/Marco Dormino
 
PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) –  Two Cambodian peacekeeping soldiers were injured in an explosion in Mali when they drove a car over anti-tank mine.
 
Tang Chanponleu, commander of Cambodia’s blue-hat soldiers, said that the two soldiers were on a mission to re-construct an airport.
 
Name of the wounded soldiers are not known yet, he added.
 
In June, two Cambodian soldiers who were on a peacekeeping mission in the same country died after they ate intoxicated food.
 
Cambodia sent 309 soldiers to Mali in February to join a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
 
“It is the first time that the country sends peacekeepers to Mali under the U.N. umbrella,” Prak Sokhonn, chairman of the National Coordination Committee of U.N. Peacekeeping Operation, said during a meeting with those peacekeepers.
 
The Cambodian peacekeepers are divided into two groups. One will be responsible for airport repairs and maintenance and the other in charge of explosive ordnance disposal.
 
Mali was plunged into turmoil after a March 2012 coup that led to an Islamic rebel takeover of large swathes of the West African country and France launched a military operation in January last year to oust them. 

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