ITBP guards bodies arrive home from Afghanistan

January 10th, 2008 - 2:23 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): The bodies of two Indian soldiers who were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan were brought home on Wednesday evening.
The bodies were first taken to Iran and then brought to New Delhi in a special Indian Air Force aircraft.
The bodies of Desha Singh and Manoj Kumar are being taken to their native places for cremation today.
The bomber attacked a convoy carrying a group of Indian road engineers in a district of Nimroz Province last week. A Indian Foreign Ministry statement said two Indian security guards were killed and several others injured in the attack on a convoy of Border Roads Organization (BRO).
The five security guards belonging to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and one Afghan soldier have been admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Officials said the injured were admitted to the trauma care centre, and added that their condition was now stable.
“Until the diagnosis is done and investigations are carried out, nothing can be said. The injured are stable now,” said V.S Nabyal, commandant at ITBP’s base hospital in New Delhi.
The relative of one of the injured said he hoped his brother’s condition would improve under expert care.
“In Afghanistan, they were not given proper treatment and they don’t have the means. Now, they have come to India and they will be fine. At the moment, he (Umakant, injured ITBP official) is out of danger. But one person is in critical condition,” said Srikant, Umakant brother.
India and Afghanistan share close ties and New Delhi is involved in reconstruction projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars there.
But Indians working in the troubled country have been targeted by the Taliban in the past, with two of them taken hostage and found killed since 2005. (ANI)

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