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Bangladesh Mourns the Death of Nine Slain Peacekeepers


Bangladeshi people Tuesday paid their tribute to nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers who were killed in Congo.

The namaj-e-janaza for the peacekeepers was held at the stadium of Dhaka's garrison area on Tuesday morning. The bodies were then flown to the soldiers' respective village homes by helicopters for burial with state honor.

The government has declared Tuesday as the National Mourning Day to pay last respects to the dead warriors. National flags are at half-mast for the slain Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers.

The nine Bangladeshi United Nations peacekeepers on patrol were killed when ambushed by militias in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Feb. 25. The bodies of the soldiers were flown to Dhaka on Monday night by a chartered UN plane from Uganda.

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