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12:00 AM, October 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:37 AM, October 03, 2020

New role on foreign soil

Bangladeshi women peacekeepers tasked with Congo airport security

The female peacekeepers of Bangladesh Police have been given the responsibility to ensure security at Congo's Monusco Airport which is run by the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Mission.

The peacekeepers, members of BANFPU-1 (Rotation 14), are very proud to have the responsibility as it is an UN-run important facility, reads a press release sent by Sohel Rana, assistant inspector general of Police Headquarters.

Merina Akter, commander of the rotation, said, "We are carrying out duties not only in our country but also on foreign lands with dignity and pride under the flag of the United Nations."

Terming the task of ensuring security at the airport a big challenge, she wished to be successful this time as well.

"We are working tirelessly to maintain peace in Congo in line with the UN mandate," the press release quoted Merina as saying.

On September 11, a contingent of female police unit of Bangladesh left Dhaka for Congo to join the UN peacekeeping mission.

A total of 81 female officials of Bangladesh Police are currently on the mission.


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