Bodies of soldiers killed in Sudan reach Delhi

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 11, 2013 08:24 hrs

New Delhi: The bodies of the five Indian Army personnel, who were part of a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission before they were killed in an ambush by Sudanese rebels in Jonglei state of South Sudan on Monday, were brought here on Thursday.

The bodies reached the IGI Airport in the morning.

They are being given a state honour before their last rites by the relatives.

The five deceased are Lt Col Mahipal Singh, Naik Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal, Havildars Heera Lal and Bharat Sasmal and sepoy Nand Kishore.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his Special Representative in South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the killing of at least 12 people working with the UN peacekeeping mission in Jonglei State. Of the 12, five were Indian soldiers.

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said about 30 peacekeepers were escorting a civilian convoy when they were ambushed by some 200 armed, unidentified men near the settlement of Gumuruk in Jonglei.

A firefight erupted as the Indian peacekeepers tried to protect the civilians. The Indian peacekeepers "fought courageously," DPKO said, adding that the attack was "a deliberate targeting of the United Nations."

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