By Aqela Lalakato

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Dec. 22) - A Fijian soldier recruited by the UK-based Global Risk Strategies Limited is resting at the Suva Private Hospital after receiving treatment for gunshot wounds at a hospital in England. 

A close relative of the 40-year-old Corporal, a father of three, wished his name not be revealed. The relative added the soldier with three others was hit by automatic fire in an ambush. 

He was treated at Princess Margaret Hospital for three weeks and arrived home on Friday midnight. 

He was accompanied by a doctor from the hospital who has returned. 

The relative said the corporal was shot in the leg and stomach. 

"He has undergone many operations on his stomach since and it is evident, with his left leg hardly moving," the relative said. 

Global Risk Liasing officer, Colonel Sakiusa Raivoce confirmed the incident yesterday, adding there were no proper facilities in Iraq for recovery of wounded soldiers and that was why the soldier is resting at the Suva Private Hospital.

The recovering soldier was amongst the 500 former soldiers and police officers who left our shores for deployment in Iraq in September.

Another soldier is recovering from gunshot wounds at home in Rewa.

It is believed the two were part of a convoy that was ambushed last month in Samarra, which is 70 miles north of Baghdad. 

They were escorted by United States troops when the incident occurred.

Fijian soldiers serving with GRS were delivering millions of new Iraqi dinars to banks in Samarra.

Media reports have suggested that the assault on the cash convoy is because insurgents may be getting low on money to finance their operations.

December 22, 2003



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