US ‘Deeply Concerned’ After Former Lesotho Army Chief Killed

The United States said on Monday it was "deeply concerned" after Lesotho's former army chief was shot dead last week, an incident that risks sparking instability in a small mountainous kingdom of strategic importance to South Africa.

Former Lesotho Defense Force commander Maaparankoe Mahao was shot dead by soldiers in his village home on June 25, according to local media reports. Lesotho's government and military spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment.

Mahao, an ally of Lesotho's former leader Thomas Thabane, is a bitter rival of current army chief Tlali Kamoli. It was Thabane's decision in August last year to sack Kamoli and replace him with Mahao that led to an attempted coup, forcing Thabane to flee to South Africa. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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