Published: August 12, 2019
Seniloli Tabuatausole was a former soldier with the Republic of Fiji Military Force, who later joined the United Nations Security serving in Libya.
by ilaitia ravuwai, tuvalu
Seniloli Tabuatausole (right) was killed in a car bomb in Benghazi. He was working under the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has expressed his sympathies and sends his condolences to the family of the late Seniloli Tabuatausole.
Mr Seniloli and two other colleagues with United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) were killed in a car bombing in Benghazi over the weekend.
“We cannot take life for granted, one minute we maybe doing well, the next minute one could be dead, God forbid,” said Mr Bainimarama.
“This tragedy is regrettable but I remain optimistic about the peace process in that region… however, I do not know how long it would take to restore peace.”
Mr Tabuatausole was a former soldier with the Republic of Fiji Military Force, who later joined the United Nations Security serving in Libya.
Sadly, Fiji's outsized role at the @UN sometimes comes with outsized sacrifice. Today, we mourn the death of one of our own, who was senselessly killed by a car bomb in Libya. I send my condolences to the family of the fallen. God bless Fiji, and God bless our peacekeepers.🇫🇯🇺🇳 pic.twitter.com/KFWQsxBuR3 — Frank Bainimarama (@FijiPM) August 11, 2019
Friends and families of the late Mr Tabuatausole posted on social media expressing their sadness and sympathies.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released a statement condemning the car bomb attack in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi which has left three UN workers dead, three others injured and dozens of civilians wounded.
“I call on all parties to respect the humanitarian truce… and return to the negotiating table to purse the peaceful future the people of Libya deserve,” the statement added.
Clive Peck and Hussein Elhader were killed alongside Mr Tabuatausole when the attack happened.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya has also released a brief statement and is sad of the passing of the three UN workers and sends its condolences to their families and close friends.
“Mr Peck, Mr Tabuatausole and Mr Elhader worked tirelessly for UNSMIL to give a more secure future and peace to the people of Libya.
“We commemorate their ultimate sacrifice, in the cause for peace,” the statement said. source