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Bodies of five martyrs likely to reach India tonight

by FP Staff  Apr 10, 2013 13:11 IST

#Ethiopian Airlines   #Indian Army   #South Sudan   #ThisisNext  

New Delhi: The mortal remains of five Indian peacekeepers who were killed in an ambush in South Sudan on Tuesday will reach New Delhi tonight at 11 pm aboard an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft.

Indian Army troops on UN mission. AFP

Indian Army troops on UN mission. AFP

The five soldiers who were killed in action on Tuesday are -- Lt Col Mahipal singh, Naib Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal, Havaldar Hira Lal, Havaldar Bharat Singh and Sepoy Nand Kishore. The casualties were suffered by 6 Mahar regiment and the 9 Mechanized Infantry.sudan_army355

Moreover, five from the convoy—Captain Bhagirath, Havaldar Ram, Laoce Naik Ramesh, Lance Naik Naginder Kumar and Sepoy Rajiv Kumar—were injured in the deadly ambush.

Among the wounded, Captain Bhagirath and Havaldar Ram will also be airlifted to India for urgent medical attention.

The rest of the injured are recuperating in South Sudan and will join their combat units after recovery.

There are two infantry battalions of the Indian Army consisting of around 2,200 soldiers deployed in South Sudan. The battalions are based in the states of Jonglei and Malakal.