Soldiers of the Latvian contingent, who were deployed for six months in the Central African Republic (CAR), on 20 November arrived at Riga International Airport, thereby officially finishing participation in EU-led military operation.
Latvian contingent consisting of 40 soldiers left for strife-ridden African country on June 12, performing duties in its capital Bangui.
In the CAR, the main responsibilities of the Latvian soldiers included maintaining security at the airport in the capital city Bangui, patrolling and convoying humanitarian aid cargos from the airport to the city.
On August 20, some of the Latvian soldiers came under indirect fire while on patrol. Nobody was harmed in the shooting, but several bullets hit the Latvian soldiers' vehicle.
The Latvian troops deployed in the CAR came under direct fire while patrolling also on October 10. None of the soldiers were injured, but two vehicles have been damaged.
The decision about contributing 40 Latvian soldiers to the EU operation in the CAR for a period of six months was adopted by the Latvian parliament in May.
This EU-led operation is extended for additional three months; however, Latvian soldiers will not participate anymore.
Latvian soldiers continue their service in the African continent by training Mali Armed Forces and fighting against international piracy off the Coast of Somalia.