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Peacekeeper's injury not life threatening: Qiliho

September 12, 2015 5:46 am

A Fijian soldier Kinivilame Cabemailau; serving under the United Nations Multinational Force and Observers Group has been injured after being shot in the Northern Sinai Peninsula.

This has been confirmed by RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho who says the incident happened at about 6.30pm yesterday.

Qiliho says the North camp- where many of the Fijian soldiers are located came under fire from militants engaged with Egyptian forces.

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He says the camp received indirect fire in the form of mortars and small arms impacting the vicinity of the camp.

“Our soldiers went to their gun plates or fighting positions and whilst manning one of those positions one of our soldiers was shot in the abdomen as a result of stray bullets that was coming into camp. He was then evacuated to medical facilities in Israel where he is recovering well. It is not life threatening.”

Qiliho adds Cabemailau will be undergoing surgery to remove the projectile from his body.

He says that if all goes well Cabemailau should be discharged in the next 48 hours.

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