SA, Moz, Angola troops head to Lesotho after commander's killing

2017-09-07 14:00
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Maseru - Troops from several southern African countries are deploying to Lesotho amid tensions over the shooting death of the mountain kingdom's military commander.

Lesotho's defence minister, Sentje Lebona, said on Thursday that the Southern African Development Community, a regional bloc, is sending forces to keep order. Lebona says the force includes troops from South Africa, Angola and Mozambique but declined to comment on the size.

Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso was killed on Tuesday in a resurgence of the political instability plaguing the country. He died in a gunfight with two rival officers who also were killed.

Lesotho has been beset by power struggles and concerns about military interference in politics. The country has seen a number of high-profile assassinations, including the 2015 killing of a former army chief.

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