A member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) at Rundu in the Kavango East Region, on Saturday committed suicide by shooting himself while on duty.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Acting Regional Commander in the region, Deputy Commissioner Eino Nambahu confirmed on Sunday that the incident happened at the Rundu Military Base at around 16h30 and the deceased was identified as 30-year-old Jonas Natanael Shilongo.
“It is alleged that the Shilongo booked out a rifle while on duty and this is the rifle he used to commit suicide,” Nambahu said.
It is further reported that the colleagues on duty with the deceased observed that he was not his usual self.
However, they could not tell that the deceased was suicidal and would use the firearm on himself as booking out a rifle was a procedure done when reporting for duty, Nambahu said.
The deceased lifeless body was found by his colleagues.
It is further reported that Shilongo left a suicide note, however, its content cannot be shared.
His next of kin have been informed and police investigation into the matter continues.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency