Real-life 'Phantom' kills 10 terrorists in 11 days, dies

Jammu: Standing out for his toughness in an elite unit, an Indian army commando proved his mettle with three consecutive, anti-terrorist missions in the Kashmir Valley in which he gunned down 10 militants and captured one before laying down his life — but not before ensuring the operation was a success.

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“Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami, a Special Forces commando of the Indian Army, has created a unique history of valour and dedication to duty by eliminating 10 terrorists in 11 days before laying down his life in service of the nation in the Kashmir Valley,” army’s Udhampur-based Northern Command spokesman, Col SD Goswami.

Goswami, who was killed in a gunfight with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Thursday, “volunteered to join the elite para commando outfit in 2002 and went on to gain the reputation of being one of the toughest soldiers of his unit.

The mortal remains of the braveheart commando, who hailed from Indira Nagar village in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, were flown by an Indian Air Force aircraft to Bareilly from where his body will be taken by an army helicopter to Pantnagar and onward to his native place where he will be cremated with full military honours.

Goswami is survived by his wife and a seven-year-old daughter.

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