Video: 16 Indian Soldiers Killed After Army Truck Falls Into Gorge In Sikkim

16 Indian Soldiers Killed After Army Truck Falls Into Gorge In Sikkim

16 soldiers, including three army officers, were killed Friday after the army truck they traveled in fell into a gorge in Sikkim, the Army said in a statement.

The truck was part of a 3-vehicle convoy, said the Army, that had moved from Chatten in the morning towards Thangu.

“En route at Zema, the vehicle skidded down a steep slope while negotiating a sharp turn. A rescue mission was immediately launched, and four injured soldiers have been air evacuated,” the Army said.

The Army added that it stands with the bereaved families in this hour of loss.

“Deeply pained by the loss of lives of the Indian Army personnel due to a road accident in North Sikkim. The nation is deeply grateful for its service and commitment—my condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for the speedy recovery of injured people,” tweeted Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Delhi MP and former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir tweeted, “The nation mourns demise of army personnel due to tragic accident in #Sikkim. Strength to their families & loved ones!”

Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate road accident in North Sikkim, claiming the lives of 16 bravehearts of the Indian Army. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. May God give them strength to bear the irreparable loss. Praying for speedy recovery of the injured.”

 

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