A Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier identified as Moses Ngwira has died after shooting himself while at a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The soldier, from Chirumba Garrison in Karonga , shot himself in the head during early hours of Monday.
Pictures of his body lying in pool of blood after the incident went viral on social media.
MDF spokesperson Paul Chiphwanya confirmed the incident but said reasons behind the suicide were yet to be established.
“The reasons are not yet known as he did not leave any note indicating the reasons behind the suicide neither did he complain to anybody of anything,” said Chiphwanya adding that an inquiry was being instituted to help establish facts on the matter.
The 26 year-old who joined MDF in 2012 was deployed to the DRC in May this year.
“At the moment arrangements are being made to have postmortem conducted on the body and then we will start the repatriation processes,” he added.
Ngwira who hailed from Matete village in the area of Traditional Authority Wansambo in Karongais survived by a wife.