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Jakarta Post

Foreign minister offers condolences for Indonesian soldier killed in attack on MONUSCO

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 24, 2020   /   11:41 am
Foreign minister offers condolences for Indonesian soldier killed in attack on MONUSCO An Indonesian peacekeeping squad on duty in El Fashir, Sudan in early 2018. (Shutterstock/Rizki Buna)

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has expressed condolences over the passing of an Indonesian Military (TNI) soldier with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), or MONUSCO, who died during an attack against the peacekeeping mission.

“My deepest condolences on the passing of Sgt. Maj. Rama Wahyudi, an Indonesian peacekeeper with the MONUSCO mission in the DRC,” Retno said in her Twitter post on Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry Multilateral Affairs Director General Febrian Ruddyard said Rama Wahyudi had died from a gunshot wound.

Citing a report from MONUSCO, the ministry said another Indonesian soldier, First Pvt. M. Syafii Makbul, was also injured during the assault and was currently under intensive medical treatment.

The attack, which according to the UN peacekeeping mission was carried out by "suspected members" of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) -- an armed group in eastern DRC -- took place late Monday around 20 kilometers from the city of Beni in the country's North Kivu province, AFP reported.

Retno said the UN Security Council lambasted the attack against MONUSCO and asked the DRC authority to investigate the attack and take the culprit to court.

She offered her highest appreciation to the late soldier and sent her thoughts and prayers to his grieving family.

"Highest appreciation to Sgt. Maj. Rama Wahyudi for his service and sacrifice in maintaining world peace. May God give fortitude to his family," said Retno. (aly)