Subject: AAP: Deaths of soldiers in the Timor peacekeeping force

Also: UN peacekeeper killed in East Timor blast buried in Dhaka

Deaths of soldiers in the East Timor peacekeeping force

SYDNEY, Aug 10 AAP - Deaths of soldiers in the East Timor peacekeeping force:

November 30, 1999 - New Zealand Warrant Officer Tony Walser dies in a truck accident near Tilobar.

January 17, 2000 - A 33-year-old Australian lance corporal dies from a respiratory illness in a hospital in Dili.

July 24, 2000 - New Zealand soldier Private Leonard Manning is shot dead by militiamen near the West Timor border.

August 4, 2000 - A Bangladeshi army engineer dies in an explosion in an area that had been used as a firing range.

August 10, 2000 - Australian Corporal Stuart Jones is killed in a firearms accident.


UN peacekeeper killed in East Timor blast buried in Dhaka

DHAKA, Aug 9

A Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper, killed last week in an explosion in the East Timorese capital of Dili, was buried in Dhaka Wednesday with military honours, the Bangladeshi defence ministry said.

The body of Naik Abdul Aziz Miah, who was killed in a grenade explosion while clearing explosives from a beach in Dili on August 3, was flown home early Wednesday, a ministry spokesman said, adding he was buried at the garrison graveyard at Banani with a military honour guard.

Miah was one of the 529 Bangladeshi troops who went to East Timor in March as part of a multinational UN force sent to the former Portuguese colony after a wave of violence sparked by a referendum a year ago. The population voted overwhelmingly for independence from Indonesia.


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