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POST TIME: 5 August, 2020 03:28:39 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 5 August, 2020 09:06:38 PM
21 Bangladesh Navy members injured in Beirut blast
UNB, Dhaka

21 Bangladesh Navy members injured in Beirut blast

Photo:ISPR

Two Bangladesh nationals were killed in the explosion in Lebanon's capital on Tuesday.

Bangladesh Embassy in Beirut confirmed it citing hospital source.

The Embassy also urged all to inform the Embassy through its hotline number if they come to know any more casualties.

Besides, twenty-one members of Bangladesh Navy were injured in the massive explosion.

The Navy personnel were on duty under the Maritime Task Force (MTF) deployed as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.

The condition of Harun-Or-Rashid (senior warrant officer) has been described as critical and he was undergoing treatment at American University of Beirut Medical Centre, said a press release of ISPR on Wednesday.

The other victims were taken to Hamoud Hospital after they were given first aid under the supervision of United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL).

All the victims are the crew members of Bangladesh Navy's ship 'Bijoy’.

The authorities concerned are now assessing the losses caused by the explosion and  Head of Mission and Force Commander and Maritime Taskfoce Commander of UNIFIL are supervising it closely.

Major General Jahangir Al Mustahidur Rahman, Bangladesh Ambassador in Lebanon visited the BN ‘Bijoy’ and provided all-out support to ensure treatment of the victims.

The warship of Bangladesh Navy has been participating in United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon since 2010.

Bangladesh Navy had 110 members deployed in the UN peacekeeping mission in Beirut BANCON-8 in 2018. Now they are serving as BANCON-10 Contingent from July 8, 2019.

At least 100 people were killed and several thousand injured in Tuesday's massive explosion, officials said on Wednesday.

NS