Another Botswana Defense Force soldier dies in Mozambique

Another Botswana Defense Force (BDF) soldier, recently deployed to Mozambique as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) assistance force, has died.

The BDF, in a statement, said the soldier lost his life on February 9 in Mueda, Cabo Delgado province, but did not give a cause of death.

“The late BDF member was part of the second Botswanan contingent deployed under the auspices of SADC, for regional support to the Republic of Mozambique in countering the threat of terrorism and acts of violent extremism in Cabo Province Delgado as part of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM),” the BDF statement said.

Investigations to determine the cause of the incident are ongoing.

He is the second BDF soldier to die in Mozambique, after a member was killed in a car crash in Pemba in July 2021.

In July last year, Botswana officially sent 300 troops to Mozambique as part of its SADC force contribution. SAMIM is currently made up of troops and equipment from Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. A thousand additional soldiers from Rwanda are also in Mozambique to assist the FADM (Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique) in an ongoing effort to eliminate ASWJ terrorists from northern Mozambique.

Soldiers from Tanzania, South Africa and Lesotho have been killed in action or in accidents in Mozambique.

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