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Three soldiers injured during MPV crash

Three soldiers injured during MPV crash

Niël Terblanché

THREE Namibian Defence Force soldiers, the driver of an armoured mine protected vehicle (MPV) and two privates were injured when the vehicle left the road between Gobabis and overturned.


The spokesperson for the NDF, Lieutenant Colonel Petrus Shilumbu confirmed that the incident occurred late on Friday afternoon. He said the driver and his two passengers were on their way back to the military base about ten kilometres outside Gobabis on the main road to Windhoek.


“At this stage it is suspected that the driver lost control over the Wer’wolf in the wet conditions caused by the rain that fell in and around Gobabis at the start of the weekend. The incident happened in a curve in the road,” he said.

Lieutenant Colonel Shilumbu added that the driver was on his way back to base after he dropped off a group of soldiers in town in order for them to participate in Operation Kalahari Desert patrols on Friday evening.


He said the driver and his two passengers sustained various degrees of injuries and were transported to the Gobabis State Hospital by ambulance for medical treatment.


“The driver and one of the soldiers has since been discharged from hospital but the third victim is still admitted in hospital where he is still in a stable condition,” he said.


The Wer’wolf armoured mine protected vehicle is specially built for the NDF by Windhoeker Machinenfabrik and is used to transport troops safely through the hazards presented by battle fields.

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