Nation To Mourn Officers Killed In Chopper Crash
Wednesday, 11 March 2009

The nation will observe Wednesday as a mourning day for the two senior army officers, including Jessore's GOC, who died in Monday's helicopter crash at Tangail, the government announced Tuesday.

National flags will fly at half-mast across the country and at Bangladesh missions abroad, said the announcement.

Maj Gen Rafiqul Islam, general officer commanding of Jessore area, and pilot Lt Col Shahidul Islam were killed when their helicopter crashed at Rouhat in Kalihati Upazila at around 8am Monday after hitting power lines.

Injured co-pilot Major Saif is being treated at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka Cantonment.

Namaj-e-janaza will be held Wednesday for Maj Gen Rafiqul and Lt Col Shahid, as well as two officers, Col Gulzar Uddin Ahmed and Lt Col Manzur-e-Elahi Chowdhury, who were killed in the BDR mutiny last month.

The bodies of Col Gulzar Uddin Ahmed and Lt Col Manzur-e-Elahi were identified Tuesday, almost two weeks after their deaths, through DNA tests.

The janaza will be held at the Army Stadium at 4 pm.


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