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Indians injured in Central African Republic reach Delhi

Six Indians injured in a shooting incident in the Central African Republic last month were flown in Delhi on Sunday.

New Delhi: Six Indians injured in a shooting incident in the Central African Republic last month were flown in here Sunday and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

The six Indians were injured in firing by French troops at Bangui airport in the Central African Republic. Two Indians were also killed in the March 25 attack.

The six Indians "were transferred straight from the air force station to AIIMS, where arrangements had been made in advance by the MEA to keep them under medical supervision", said sources in the ministry of external affairs (MEA).

The injured were brought in a special French military plane to Delhi Sunday morning from Chad, where they had been receiving medical treatment, the source added.

"A team of doctors and para-medics from AIIMS was present at the airport and ensured their smooth transfer from the airport to the hospital," the source said.

"We expect some of the six injured to be discharged in a day or two, while the remaining may be required to spend some more time at the hospital," the source said, adding that none of them was reported to be facing any serious medical issue.

The French troops were guarding the airport at Bangui after the Central African Republic was overrun by a rebel group.

French President Francois Hollande wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was in Durban for the BRICS summit, expressing regret over the incident and assured of his determination to probe the shooting. He also assured that the injured would be under the care of French medical teams.

Around 100 Indians stay in the Central African Republic, mainly in and around Bangui.


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