Army chief returns visiting UN peacekeeping activities in Congo

DHAKA : Army chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq returned home yesterday after a weeklong visit to of Congo where the Bangladesh military contingent is playing the key-role in the UN peacekeeping operations, reports BSS.
According to an ISPR statement the army chief visited several army camps, met important government and civil society figures of the war torn nation and joined Bangladeshi military officers and soldiers in a darbar during his visit to the central African country, where he led a six-member Bangladesh military delegation.
Thirteen Bangladeshi army officers and soldiers lost their lives during their operations while nine of them were killed in a rebel ambush in 2005.
Belal paid tributes to their memories placing wreaths at Martyr Square erected in honour of the martyred nine personnel, an officer, a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and seven soldiers of other ranks.
The four other peacekeepers were killed in 2006 in an accident. Officials said nearly 2,500 Bangladeshi military troops were currently deployed in Congo as the largest contingent of the UN peacekeeping mission in the central African nation.