Remains of fallen SL peacekeepers to arrive on Saturday

The remains of the Sri Lankan Army Captain and the Sri Lankan Army trooper, who were killed in an IED attack during the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali, are to be brought back to the country on February 02.

A UN aircraft carrying the remains of the two fallen peacekeepers are expected to arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport on the 2nd of February.

The remains will be formally delivered to the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and the Director General of the Personnel Administration by MINUSMA Force Commander, Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllisporre in a military parade held at the airport, stated the Army Media Unit.

Further, the Army Media Unit stated that Military funerals for the fallen UN Peacekeepers are to be held in Polonnaruwa and Polpithigama, the residential areas of the deceased soldiers, and afterwards the bodies would be transferred to Negombo Hospital for a post-mortem examination.