Hundreds had gathered outside the residence when the bodies of Lance Naik Mohammad Iqbal and his father Ghulam Mohiuddin Sheikh arrived in wooden caskets on Tuesday. The father and son were among those killed in the terror attack on Sunjwan Army camp.
Iqbal, 32, is survived by his mother, wife and an 18-month-old son. He joined the Army 13 years ago. His neighbours said that around a week ago, he called his father to Jammu for a medical check-up. “Unfortunately, this family lost both the son and the father. Only God knows what will happen to them,” said neighbour Ghulam Qadir.
Earlier, bodies of four Armymen and one civilian, who were killed in the attack, were airlifted from Jammu in a special military plane. The bodies were taken to J&K Light Infantry centre in Rangreth where senior Army officers paid their tributes.
Later, the bodies were sent to their respective villages. While three bodies were dispatched to south Kashmir, two were sent to Kupwara.
Senior Army officers accompanied the body of JCO Mohammad Ashraf Mir to Maidanpora village in Lolab where he was laid to rest. Mir is survived by wife, three children and parents. Another soldier Manzoor Ahmad was buried at his native village Dewer in south Kashmir.