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4 Malawian soldiers missing in DRC

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Deputy Minister of Defence and Security Amosi Mailosi has confirmed that four Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers are missing from a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mailosi confirmed the development Friday when he presented a report in the august House on the death of the six Malawian soldiers in DRC.

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According to the report, 18 MDF soldiers have been victims of the operation against illegal armed groups in DRC.

“Our troops fought against the rebel groups. As we stand today, one officer and five soldiers have been killed in action, eight wounded in action and four are still missing in action. We will keep giving updates on the status of the missing as well as the wounded soldiers,” he said.

He identified the four as Staff Sergeant Chancy Mwakawenga, Sergeant Boniface Noah, Corporal George Salimu and Lance Corporal Gift Nkhoma.

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He said the wounded soldiers were flown to hospital for medical attention.

The remains of the six soldiers arrived on Wednesday. President Peter Mutharika led Malawians in welcoming the bodies at Kamuzu International Airport.

Thereafter, the fallen soldiers were taken to their respective homes for burial.

The soldiers were on Tuesday last week in a joint operation launched with other forces and DRC troops against the Allied Democratic Forces, a jihadist group blamed for bloody attacks on civilians.

The offensive aimed at Kidiwe, about 20 kilometres from Beni, a city of between 200,000 and 300,000 inhabitants.

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