Colombian peacekeeper dies from gunshot in Egypt

August 14, 2009 15:16

Colombian soldier on an international peacekeeping mission in Egypt says died of a gunshot wound sustained when another Colombian peacekeeper fired from his weapon, a spokesman for the mission said Friday. Normand St. Pierre said the shooting occurred Thursday at the Colombian contingent's camp of el-Gora, in the Sinai Peninsula. St. Pierre says the wounded soldier was evacuated to a hospital in Tel Aviv, where he later died. He said a second Colombian soldier was also wounded in the incident, but was recovering in an Egyptian hospital. The incident is under investigation. The Colombians are part of the Multinational Forces and Observation - an independent force created by Egypt and Israel to monitor their border in the Sinai after a 1979 peace deal.

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