IAF airlifts 5 injured ITBP personeel from Afghanistan

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Chandigarh, Jan 13 (UNI) The AN-32 aircraft, modified as 'air ambulance' of the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a medical evacuation mission to airlift five injured Indian security personnel of Indo Tibet Border Police(ITBP) deployed at Zaranj province in Afghanistan on January nine.

The soldiers were injured in a suicide attack in Afghanistan while being deployed at Project Zaranj on Deleram highway in South Western Afghanistan on January 3. Two personnel Manoj Kumar Singh and Desha Singh, were killed in the attack.

The specially modified ambulance aircraft airlifted to Chandigarh five critically injured ITBP soldiers and the mortal remains of the two deceased from Zabol in Iran.

This life saving medical evacuation was tasked at a very short notice and was executed in an extremely professional manner reassuring the dedication and commitment of IAF towards the nation.

The aircraft belonged to "Camels", a squadron based at IAF Station here. The crew comprised of Group Captain J V Paul, Wing Commander S K Verma, Wing Commander Hemraj, Squadron Leader A K Sharma and JWO R N Verma along with the technical team and medical staff carried out the operation most successfully.

The Chandigarh based passport, customs and immigration officials provided cooperation in facilitating the airlift.

The IAF in its 75 th year of existence has once again proven to be prepared to provide succor in emergency situations whether within the nation or abroad.

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