UAE President offers condolences to UAE servicemen killed in Somalia

Four Emirati officers and Bahrain Defence Force officer died in terrorist attack in Somalia

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President Sheikh Mohamed on Monday extended his condolences to the family of Col Mohamed Al Mansouri, a member of the UAE Armed Forces who died in a terrorist attack in Somalia.

Sheikh Mohamed visited the condolence majlis in Abu Dhabi to express his sympathies, also commending Col Al Mansouri's service and dedication to his country and its people.

And, on Tuesday, he extended his condolences to the family of staff warrant officer Khalifa Al Balushi on a visit to the condolence majlis in Ajman.

The two men were among four members of the UAE Armed Forces killed in the attack, announced on Sunday by the Ministry of Defence. An officer from the Bahrain Defence Force was also killed.

The other two men were identified as staff warrant officer Mohamed Al Shamsi and Cpl Suleiman Al Shehh.

The bodies of the four men were repatriated to Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, also paid tribute to the men.

“Mercy to the martyrs of the Emirates as they perform their duties in maintaining security and stability wherever they are,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote on X.

“Pride and glory go to the UAE as it performs its duties in establishing peace and security in the region and the world for the good of humanity.”

The military personnel were in Somalia to train Somali armed forces as part of an agreement between the two countries. They were killed while undertaking their duties.

Updated: February 13, 2024, 10:10 AM