PATHANKOT, India – Four more Indian soldiers – including a top officer – have died of injuries after an attack on an Indian air force base, taking the total death toll to 11, officials said on Sunday.
Seven soldiers in all – including a champion shooter and four attackers – were killed at the Pathankot Air Base, after heavily armed gunmen infiltrated the key station early Saturday.
An Indian army official – who declined to be named – told AFP one of the dead was a lieutenant colonel in the elite commando unit National Security Guard.
The official said the officer and two other soldiers were injured on Sunday when a bomb they were trying to defuse exploded during a search of the site.
Air force spokeswoman Rochelle D’Silva said three of the 12 soldiers injured in the battle died in a hospital on Sunday. “Nine are being treated in hospital and are stable,” she said.
One of those killed – Subedar Fateh Singh – was a gold medallist at the 1995 Commonwealth Shooting Championships in New Delhi, she said. Singh was killed at the start of the gunfight, which lasted nearly 14 hours.