Monday, 04 January, 2016

Indian shooting gold medallist killed in terrorist attack on air force base

4 terrorists, 2 soldiers killed in clash at Indian Air Force base
Dana Christensen | 03 January, 2016, 19:47

A 51-year-old Subedar by the name of Fateh Singh sacrificed his life on Saturday fighting an attack on the Indian Air Force(IAF) base near Pathankot.

The Air Force Base is pictured in Pathankot on January 2, 2016, during an ongoing attack on the base by suspected militants. "India has always been and will always stand united against terrorism", Rathore, an Olympic silver medalist in shooting, said. A big bore shooter (300m), Singh had won gold and silver in 1st Commonwealth Shooting Championships in New Delhi in 1995.

Following his retirement from the army, Singh was part of the Defense Security Corps, and only recently was transferred to Pathankot. "The Shooting fraternity prays for the departed soul and strength to the family of great soldier to bear this irreparable loss", it added.

Fateh Singh, retired as subedar major (hon) captain from Dogra regiment in 2009. He was posted to Pathankot two years ago.

Fateh Singh had won a gold and a silver medal for India at first Commonwealth Shooting Championship in the Capital in 1995. It is a very sad day for us. "I condole his death", NRAI president Raninder Singh told IANS.

A former Commonwealth Shooting Championships gold medallist has died following an attack on an Indian air force base near the Pakistani border, it has been revealed.