Two Sri Lankan Peacekeepers posthumously promoted

January 31, 2019

The two Sri Lanka Army personnel who laid down their lives during UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali on 25 (January) have been posthumously promoted to their next ranks. Accordingly, Captain H.W.D Jayawickrama of 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry and Corporal S.S Wijekumara of 1 Mechanized Infantry Regiment have been promoted to the ranks of Major and Sergeant respectively.

Meanwhile the mortal remains of Major H.W.D. Jayawickrama and Sergeant S.S. Wijekumara are expected to reach Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport on Saturday (02 February). The two peacekeepers succumbed to injuries caused by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion, when their WMZ convoy came under rebel attack, while engaged in Peacekeeping duties in Keerana area in Mali, last Friday (25).