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Wounded SA soldiers in stable condition

2012-11-13 19:27

Johannesburg -Two South African soldiers were in a stable condition after being wounded in crossfire between the Democratic Republic of Congo army and rebels, the military said on Tuesday.

SA National Defence Force spokesman Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga said the two were wounded on Monday.

"Details are sketchy at this stage, but there were no serious injuries," he said.

"They were stabilised and evacuated from Kivu, where the incident happened, to a hospital in Goma, where they received medical treatment."

Press agency AFP reported on Tuesday that the two were part of a United Nations peacekeeping force.

"The local population fled the fighting and others sought shelter at our base and that's how the South African contingent deployed, to protect the population," Lieutenant Colonel Prosper Basse, a UN spokesperson, told AFP.

It was not immediately clear if any civilians were killed or wounded in the clashes, which left one army soldier dead and around 20 wounded, he said.

The fighting lasted several hours.

Comments
  • kgabo.mashamaite - 2012-11-13 20:13

    Our thoughts and prayers are with those soldiers wounded while contributing to the continental peace and stability.May these brave esteemed members of the society receive a speedy recovery and report back to their duties, to continue with the excellent work they've taken an oath to.

  • jan.ramoshaba.5 - 2012-11-13 20:15

    I wish you guys speedy recovery will pray for you to get well soon just hanging there

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-13 20:37

    I salute you soldiers, you made this country and Africa proud by defending its intergrity you are true warriours, with you South Africa is protected, keep it up.

  • Tony - 2012-11-13 20:46

    Pity we can't have our soldiers protecting SA citizens in SA!

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-11-13 21:00

      troll!

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-11-13 20:53

    in light of the current problems in the Congo between rebels and the Congo army do you think that the SANDF would deploy there to help the Cong out or just get deployed to stabilize the region. Hope the soldiers have a speedy recovery!

  • mfanah.radebe - 2012-11-13 21:11

    BE STRONG BROTHERS IN ARMS.

  • mfanah.radebe - 2012-11-13 21:15

    BE STRONG BROTHERS IN ARMS.\r\nI HOPE AN I'M PRAYING THOSE REBELS PAYED A PRICE WITH THR OWN LIVES.

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