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17 Indian soldiers injured in face-off with China succumb, death toll 20

China however has neither confirmed nor denied the casualties of its soldiers

Tuesday June 16, 2020 11:08 PM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies

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New Delhi: Twenty Indian soldiers including a Colonel were killed in the "violent face-off" with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh on the night of 15/16 June, the army said in a statement.

In the most serious escalation at the border since 1975, three army men - the Colonel and two soldiers, were killied in the scuffle that has also left a number of others injured.

In a late night statement released Wednesday, the Indian Army said 17 injured soldiers succumbed to their injuries.

The Indian Army also said the forces from both the sides have now disengaged.

"Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15/16 June 2020", the statement said.

"17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand-off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20", the statement issued by the Indian Army said.

"Indian Army is firmly committed to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation", it added.

The Indian Army in a statement released earlier in the day said that during the de-escalation process which is underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place on Monday night with casualties.

"The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," Indian Army said.

The statement in the morning that confirmed the death of a Colonel and two jawans also spoke of "casualties on both sides". China however has neither confirmed nor denied the casualties of its soldiers.

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