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Commander confirms captured soldiers 'safe'

By NASIK SWAMI
Friday, August 29, 2014

Update: 10:20AM THE Republic of Fiji Military Forces has confirmed that the 43 Fijian soldiers captured in the Golan Heights by a militant rebel group are safe.

In a press conference this morning, RFMF Commander Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga said the soldiers were captured yesterday.

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said negotiations are under way between the UN and the rebel group.

"At approximately 0730 hours, three vehicle loads of armed elements of personnel close to 150 converged at position 27 main gate demanding the vacating of the position in 10 minutes. Since there was a restriction of movement with the area of separation, Force Commander was advised accordingly and he directed the urgent seating of the Crisis Management meeting."

He said while families here have not been informed, the officers in Golan Heights are awaiting day-break to pursue further negotiations.

Brig-Gen Tikoitoga said no soldiers have been injured.

The Commander has called on all Fijians to pray for the safe release of the soldiers.








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