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Friday, July 7, 2017

Heroes from the Past - Cpl Mat Aznan Awang, Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (KIA 4th Oct 1993)

Cpl Mat Aznan Awang, SP (KIA 4th Oct 1993, Bakarra Market, Somalia), 19 Royal Malay Regiment (Mechanised), then under the aegis of United Nations in Somalia as Malbatt 1.

From the state of Kedah, Malaysia and a father of 2, he was designated as the lead driver for into Bakarra Market in the attempt to reach and rescue US Rangers and Delta Force from Task Force Ranger who were trapped in the market after the downing of 2 US 160th SOAR Black Hawks.

A militia RPG hit his Radpanzer Condor armoured personnel carrier driver viewing port before the protective plate could be put down, penetrating into the vehicle and mortally wounding him. He was evacuated but died of his injuries hours later.

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