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A senior British Army officer was abducted and beaten up at gunpoint while helping lead a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, it has been disclosed. Col Edward Dawes had his teeth smashed and was questioned for several hours after being hauled out of...

Senior British Army officer abducted and beaten on peacekeeping mission

A senior British Army officer was abducted and beaten up at gunpoint while helping lead a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, it has been disclosed. Col Edward Dawes had his teeth smashed and was questioned for several hours after being hauled out of...

Senior British Army officer abducted and beaten on peacekeeping mission

A senior British Army officer was abducted and beaten up at gunpoint while helping lead a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, it has been disclosed.

Col Edward Dawes had his teeth smashed and was questioned for several hours after being hauled out of his vehicle at an illegal checkpoint.

Details of the incident emerged as he was awarded an OBE for his work as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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The 45-year-old officer in the Royal Artillery helped lead the 12,500-strong international military mission, which included 300 British troops.

Six weeks into his tour from April 2014 to April 2015, he was abducted at an illegal checkpoint.

He said he was “dragged out of my vehicle, beaten and abducted, I was subjected to tactical questioning for some hours before I managed to escape to my vehicle. I managed to shake off the guard and jump into my vehicle and drive through the barrier.

“It was quite something. After the beating I found myself on my knees with the muzzle of a gun in my mouth, and I could feel the broken teeth with my tongue. I remember thinking this is curious, and feeling really annoyed that this guy had broken my teeth and potentially ruined my smile. I wasn’t focusing on the fact that the back of my head might disappear. I count myself lucky that I got out of that.”

The citation for his award said he had "‘made a demonstrable difference to UNMISS during a very testing and dangerous time".

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