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DESPERATE FIGHTING. IPeb Press Association.—Copyright.] CALCUTTA, November 18. The column under Brigadier-general Kempter, when crossing Theri Kanda Pass, was“ attacked by a large force of Indian tribesmen, chiefly consisting uf Zakha Khels and Akha Khels. The Sikhs held the heights, whilst the Qhoorkas sought refuge from the fire of the enemy. A body of. Afridis from Saransar attacked the Fifteenth Sikhs, and a hand-to-hand conflict took place, great gallantry being displayed. One desperate bayonet charge was made by the Sikhs, the result of which was that sixty tribesmen were killed. The Sikhs received support from the Thirty-sixth Sikhs, and together the two regiments retired down the pass, fighting bravely in the darkness. It was found that the enemy wore holding the pass and blocked path, but the Sikhs, with a ringing cheer, drove the tribesmen out at the point of the bayonet. After the fighting a detachment of the Dorsetshire Regiment became separated from the main body and lost their way. The enemy were still watching the movements of the British troops, and overwhelmed the detachment, killing thirteen. The fighting lasted many hours. Captain Nicholas Lewarne (wing officer of the Fifteenth Bengal Infantry), Lieut. S. M. A. Halles (of the Bedfordshire Regiment), Lieut. Crooke (of the Suffolk Regiment), Lieut. G. M. Wylie (of the Second Ghoorkas), and twenty-five men were killed and many wounded. The enemy sustained a heavy loss. AFGHAN OFFICIALS INVOLVED. CALCUTTA, November 18. Said Akbar’s letters, seized by the British, include documents which implicate a number of Afghan officials in connection with the frontier tribesmen’s revolt.

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THE INDIAN FRONTIER., Evening Star, Issue 10475, 19 November 1897

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THE INDIAN FRONTIER. Evening Star, Issue 10475, 19 November 1897