A young Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) officer has died during a training exercise in neighboring India.
MNDF has confirmed the identity of the deceased soldier as Lance Corporal Mohamed Sultan, 22, Rosemead, AA. Himandhoo.
He was undergoing officer cadet training at the National Defense Acadamy (NDA) in Pune, India.
According to MNDF, Sultan died completing an endurance run at Camp Greenhorn on Saturday afternoon.
He collapsed during the run and was taken to the hospital on emergency at approximately 01:58 pm.
He was already deceased when taken to the hospital.
Sultan joined military service on April 8, 2015.
He was taking part in the 145th Officer Cadet Training Course at the Pune National Defense Academy. The course began on March 1 this year, and was scheduled to conclude on March 15, 2024.
Prior to traveling to India to undergo training, Sultan was serving at the Integrated Headquarters (J-1). He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal while undergoing training in India.
MNDF is making arrangements to transport his body to Maldives for burial.