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Bomb blast kills Fiji man
1:47 pm GMT+12, 30/05/2011, Fiji
A Fijian security guard with a US company based in Afghanistan was killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the northern part of the war-torn country on Tuesday morning.

Peni Tirikula Tulovo Junior, 35, of Nakama Village outside Labasa on Vanua Levu died instantly with four of his comrades - three Tunisians and an American.

The five were hired guards with an American security firm. They were in a lead vehicle escorting the company's mail delivery truck on a routine run. Mr Tulovo had just joined the company over a month ago after having resigned from the Fiji Police Force's Ready Action Unit (RAU) in Suva.

The father of three had also just returned from a one year peacekeeping mission in Sinai as the force's appointee to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces lift last year. A team from The Fiji Times visited Tulovo's home in Nakama on Saturday night and met with his rugby mates who were there to pay their respects to the family.

His uncle Osea Waqaninavatu, an officer based at the Sukanaivalu Army Barracks in Labasa, said the family learnt of the news from his namesake, Tulovo’s first cousin, who worked with him at the security firm in Afghanistan.

"We are really shocked. His parents are devastated," Mr Waqaninavatu said. “Information we have at this stage from Peni's tavale (cousin) is that they were in a lead vehicle escorting a truck headed for Jaghori to deliver mail. They came to a tunnel and the next thing, there was an explosion, and their vehicle was blown out of the tunnel. They died instantly while two others who were in the mail truck following them sustained serious injuries.”

Waqaninavatu said arrangements were now being made to have Tulovo's body flown over to Fiji.


SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS

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