Seven Soldiers Dead to Include a Lt-Colonel in Airforce Base Attack
PATHANKOT, INDIA: At least Seven Soldiers were killed in the attack on an Indian Air Force Base in the wee hours of Saturday. Officials say that the base hasn't been cleared as yet and search is underway.
Seven soldiers in all including a champion shooter and four militants were killed at the Pathankot base, after heavily armed gunmen infiltrated the key station early Saturday.
An Indian army official on account of annonimity told media that one of the dead was a lieutenant-colonel in the elite commando unit National Security Guard.
The official said the officer and two other soldiers were injured Sunday when a bomb they were trying to defuse exploded during a search of the site. Air force spokeswoman Rochelle D’Silva said three of 12 soldiers injured in the battle died in hospital on Sunday.
“Nine are being treated in hospital and are stable,” she said. One of those killed, Subedar Fateh Singh, was a gold medalist at the 1995 Commonwealth Shooting Championships in New Delhi, she said. Singh was killed at the start of the gunfight, which lasted nearly 14 hours.
It has just media, firing could be head from the base and indian forces could be seen in action trying to clear the area.
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