Saturday, March 16, 2013

Road accident kills 24 pakistan army personnel in Kohistan

MANSEHRA: At least 24 Pakistan army personnel were killed and four others were injured when a Gilgit bound passenger coach plunged into the Indus River in Kohistan on Saturday morning.

All soldiers killed in an accident were from the Northern Light Infantry Battalion (NLIB).

The incident happened at Summer Nula when the speeding driver of the coach negotiated a sharp turn and lost control of the vehicle which then fell into a deep ravine.

“All those 24 who were killed were Pakistan army personnel and we have started the rescue operation and called the army to airlift the injured and bodies to Rawalpindi,” Kohistan’s District Coordination Officer, Aqal Badshah, said.

The bodies were initially shifted to the Shitial Civil Hospital, Badshah said, adding that he had contacted the Frontier Works Organisation in Kohistan for arrangements that may be needed to shift the bodies.

Badshah said he was in contact with the police for a prompt rescue operation in the area.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said 23 army personnel and two civilians were killed in the accident.

According to local media, 12 of the martyrs belong to different parts of Ghizer district, while 3 each belong to Gilgit and Hunza-Nagar district. The three remaining martyrs belong to Skardu, Ghangche and Diamer district, respectively.

Names of Army personnel dead in the incident

1. Lt. Col Ikramul Haq from Hunza
2. Naib Subedar Sher Murad, Phandar (Chhashi)
3. Havaldar Rauf, Yasin
4. Havaldar Jameel, Yasin
5. Havaldar Abu Talib, Nagir
6. Naik Khush Wali, Punial
7. Lance Naik Ghulam Rasool, Skurdu
8. Sep Inayat, Skurdu
9. Sep Rahim Shah, Yasin
10. Sep Sher Wali, Gupis
11. Sep Syed Ijaz, Skurdu
12. Sep Sardar, Gupis
13. Sep Nadir Aman, Gupis
14. Sep Shakir, Skurdu
15. Sep Muhammad Ali
16. Sikandar (Cook), Skurdu
17. Sep Muhammad Khan
18. Sep Rehmat Hakim
19. Sep Sadir, Gupis
20. Sep Saeed Alam
21. Sep Israr Alam
22. Sep Ali Baig, Gupis
23. Sep Basharat, Yasin
24. Sep Gul Wali
25. Sep Akhtar

Two drivers, one identified as Aman, have also passed away as a result of the accident.

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