Attack on Lankan UN Peacekeepers: Victims promoted to Major and Sergeant

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The two Sri Lankan Army Soldiers who laid down their lives on Friday (25) following an explosion while performing their United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Mission duties in Mali have been promoted posthumously, the Army Media Unit stated.

“They were posthumously promoted to the rank of Major and Sergeant respectively,” Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Athapattu stressed.

Captain H. W. D. Jayawickrama of 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry from Polonnaruwa and Corporal S. S. Wijekumara of the First Mechanised Infantry Regiment from Thalakolawewa, Polpithigama of the Sri Lankan Army Contingent in Mali laid down their lives when their convoy was attacked by a rebel group using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

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