At least 20 Indian soldiers killed in the ‘violent face-off’ with China in Galwan valley in Eastern Ladakh. Casualty numbers could rise, Indian Government sources said.
“17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the standoff location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that was killed in action to 20 Indian Army is firmly committed to protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation,” the Indian Army’s statement reads.
The twenty Indian Army personnel include the commanding officer of 16 Bihar.
Indian intercepts reveal that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured.
It was the first such violent faceoff between the two nuclear-armed neighbors since 1975 in which soldiers have died.
The incident on Monday night followed weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides in the region.
Thousands of troops from the two countries, backed by armored trucks and artillery, have been involved in the latest face-off since May in the Ladakh region.
Meanwhile, UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over reports of violence and deaths at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China and urged both sides to exercise “maximum restraint,” PTI reported his spokesperson as saying on Tuesday.