5 Indian peacekeepers killed in South Sudan

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    Five Indian Army personnel, including an officer, on UN peacekeeping mission were killed and four injured in a rebel ambush in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on Tuesday.

    The Army personnel were part of a convoy of two officers and 32 soldiers that came under attack around 8.30 am at Gurmuck from armed rebel groups in the volatile Jonglei state, Ministry of External Affairs and Army officers said here.

    The deceased officer was identified by Indian Army headquarters as Lieutenant Colonel Mahipal Singh of 9 Mechanised Infantry battalion. The others killed were Naik Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal and Sepoy Nand Kumar from 6 Mahar regiment, and Havaldars Hiralal and Bharat Sasmal from 9 Mechanised Infantry, sources said.

    The injured were identified as Captain Bhagirath of 9 Mechani-sed Infantry, Havaldar Ram, Naik Nagender Kumar and Sep-oy Rajiv Kumar, MEA spokesper-son Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

    “As per information received from our Ambassador in South Sudan, there have been five cas-ualties in the Indian battalion attached to United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) while escortin-g a UN convoy in Gurmuck in the volatile state of Jonglei,” an official source said here.

    “The convoy, comprising 32 Indian soldiers, was attacked. Further details are being determ-ined. The casualties included an officer of the rank of Lieutenant Col-onel, one Junior Commissioned Officer and three soldiers. Four were wounded, of whom one was an officer,” the source said. Seven local civilians too were killed in the rebel ambush, according to sources.

    “Indian casualties and the injured (together with local civilian casualties) are being brought by three UN helicopters from Jonglei to Juba. Our Ambassador, together with the Chief Medical Officer of the Army Medical Corps is in waiting at Juba airport,” a source said.

    The first priority would be emergency treatment for the injured. They would be sent to the UN mission hospital in South Sudan, the sources said.

    Arrangements are also being made, in liaison with the UNMISS, to bring the bodies of the deceased troopers back to India.
     
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