State funeral held for late Corporal Shaukath

A state funeral was given last evening in Raa atoll Alifushi for the corporal who was shot dead during a training exercise yesterday at Laamu atoll Kadhoo. The funeral was attended by the corporal’s family, state officials and heads of the armed forces, reports Haveeru News.

The body of Corporal Ibrahim Shaukath, 32 of Shabaana/Raa atoll Alifushi was buried at the island’s cemetery following the Taraweeh prayer, said during Ramadan, and a seven-gun salute.

President Mohamed Nasheed yesterday sent his condolences to the corporal’s family, and assured the late Shaukath’s father that a full investigation of the incident was underway.

The President told Shaukath’s father that he was “deeply shocked and saddened” when told of the incident.

Shaukath was completing Body Guard training in preparation for November’s South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation when he was shot in the head in the late morning of Sunday, August 28. Military officials have said the soldiers were using live ammunition, and that it was not unusual.