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Body of Indian soldier killed in Sudan flown back

PTI  New Delhi, April 12, 2013
First Published: 00:22 IST(12/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:24 IST(12/4/2013)

The body of Havildar Bharat Sasmal,who was killed in an ambush in South Sudan on Tuesday while serving in UN peacekeeping mission, was brought here Thursday.

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Defence sources said that Havildar Sasmal was among the five soldiers whose convoy was ambushed in Jonglei region of South Sudan on April 9.

Five Indian Army personnel, including a Lt Colonel were killed and four injured during a UN peacekeeping mission when their 32-member convoy was attacked.

Havildar Sasmal is survived by his mother, wife, a nine-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.

Wreaths were placed on the coffin as a mark of respect to the brave soldier on behalf of army commander Lt Gen Dalbir Singh and by GoC Bengal area Lt Gen A K Choudhary.

The body has been taken to Sasmal’s native place for last rites, sources said.

The bodies of the other four Indian peacekeepers had also reached the country early this morning.


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