Chi­nese peace­keeper’s body brought home from Mali

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

CHANGCHUN—The body of Chi­nese UN peace­keep­ing sol­dier Shen Lian­gliang, who was killed in a ter­ror­ist at­tack in Mali last month, ar­rived in north­east China’s Changchun City on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Around 3 p.m. Bei­jing time, a Chi­nese air force plane car­ry­ing Shen’s body ar­rived at Longjia Air­port in Changchun, Jilin Prov­ince, where Shen served in the army for 11 years.

The plane took off on Wed­nes­day lo­cal time from Ba­mako, cap­i­tal of Mali. It was sent by China’s Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion (CMC) to bring Shen’s body home.

The 29-year-old sergeant first class was killed in a ter­ror­ist at­tack on the night of May 31 in the north­ern Malian town of Gao, when a ve­hi­cle-borne im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice det­o­nated at a United Na­tions camp.

Another five Chi­nese peace­keep­ers were in­jured. Shen’s cof­fin, cov­ered with a Chi­nese flag, was car­ried out of the plane by eight honor guards. Another honor guard who held Shen’s por­trait walked in front of the cof­fin.

With mu­sic played by a mil­i­tary band, the eight honor guards slowly put Shen’s cof­fin on top of a white plat­form, and two fe­male sol­diers laid a white wreath on it.

About 500 of­fi­cers, civil­ian of­fi­cials and sol­diers at the air­port took off their hats, mak­ing three bows to salute the sac­ri­ficed sol­dier. “Shen’s sac­ri­fice showed the heroic spirit and brav­ery of Chi­nese sol­diers,” Yi Xiaoguang, deputy chief of the Joint Staff De­part­ment of CMC, said at a simple cer­e­mony at the air­port. “Peace-lov­ing peo­ple around the world will never for­get, the moth­er­land and Chi­nese peo­ple will never for­get, the whole army will never for­get,” Yi said, call­ing on all ser­vice­men to con­trib­ute to safe­guard­ing na­tional sovereignty and peace world­wide.

A sol­dier handed over Shen’s por­trait to Shen Ming­ming, Shen’s el­der brother, and the eight honor guards again lifted the cof­fin, fol­low­ing Shen Ming­ming and putting the cof­fin into a hearse.—Xin­hua Ver­mont se­na­tor had made Mrs Clin­ton a “bet­ter can­di­date”.

The two men are due to meet at the White House later on Thurs­day. After­wards, Pres­i­dent Obama is tipped to for­mally en­dorse Mrs Clin­ton and call for the party to unite against the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, Don­ald Trump. Speak­ing on NBC’s Tonight Show, Mr Obama ad­mit­ted the race had been “ouchy”. But he went on to say this was wel­come: “It was a healthy thing for the Demo­cratic Party to have a con­tested pri­mary.—Agen­cies

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.