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Chinese Military Team Dispatched to Mali

People's Daily Online

(CRI Online) 08:15, June 03, 2016

Chinese military has sent a specialist medical team to Mali on Thursday to join Chinese peacekeepers there and help deal with casualties from a Tuesday terrorist attack.

Led by a senior Defense Ministry official, the team will work with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali and the Mali government to ensure the safety of the attacked peacekeepers.

On Thursday, the Defense Ministry confirmed that First Sergeant Shen Liangliang, 29, was killed in the attack, and another five soldiers were injured, including Lieutenant Liu Liang, two first sergeants, a sergeant and a corporal.

Chinese surgeon Wang Hongyi has been working on one of the soldiers. Wang said, "There is a big open wound on his left thigh, roughly 20 by 20 centimeters squared, to which we did a radical debridement during the surgery. We've also done a manual reposition to the fracture on his right calf, with plaster for external fixation. There will be further surgical treatment."

Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the country supports discussions led by the UN Security Council on capacity building for the UN peacekeeping mission.

The UN Security Council announced it will be working on recommendations on capacity building for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali as well as increasing its troop levels.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying said China strongly condemned the attack that targeted UN peacekeepers, saying the Mali government and the UN should immediately carry out measures to protect the safety of peacekeepers and prevent recurrence of similar incidents.

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