South Asia

India admiral shot dead in firing range 'accident'

Rear Admiral Satyendra Singh Jamwal
Image caption Rear Admiral Jamwal was one of India's most senior naval officers

A senior Indian navy officer has been killed as the result of an "accidental firing," a navy spokesman said.

Rear Admiral SS Jamwal died at a firing range in the southern city of Kochi and an inquiry has been ordered into the accident, a navy statement said.

The officer was a specialist in anti-submarine warfare and had earlier served as a naval attache in Moscow.

Rear Admiran Jamwal, 51, was the second in command at the Navy's southern command.

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