Security forces clash with NSCN-K militants in Nagaland's Mon district; no casualties reported

A gunfight broke between the Indian Army para commandos and militants in Nagaland's Mon district bordering Myanmar in the early hours of Wednesday

IANS June 21, 2017 13:58:23 IST
Security forces clash with NSCN-K militants in Nagaland's Mon district; no casualties reported

Kohima: A gunfight broke between the Indian Army para commandos and militants in Nagaland's Mon district bordering Myanmar in the early hours of Wednesday, a police official here said.

Security forces clash with NSCNK militants in Nagalands Mon district no casualties reported

Representational image. PTI

The exchange of fire took place in Choknyu village near Tapi bridge, when suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) and United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) militants fired at the para commandos.

"The gunfight lasted for an hour and suspected NSCN(K) and ULFA(I) militants retreated back to the jungles after intensive firing from the para commandos", a Nagaland police official told IANS.

Intelligence officials said that the militants had sneaked into Nagaland from Myanmar to create terror.

The army and para-military Assam Rifles are continuing with the operation to track down the fleeing militants.

A couple of weeks back, an army Major, three ULFA-I militants and a civilian were killed in a gunfight between security forces and combined NSCN-K and ULFA-I militants in the district.

The NSCN(K), which abrogated the ceasefire agreement with the Indian government in April 2015, has been active in Mon and three districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Longding, Tirap and Changlang, after floating a new platform called the United Liberation Front of Western South-East Asia (ULFWSA).

The combined group of north-east militants has carried out a series of attacks on security forces in the past couple of years, the worst being the death of 18 jawans in Chandel district in Manipur in June 2015.

This is a first major strike by the NSCN militants belonging to the Khaplang faction since Shangnyu Shangwang Khaplang's death on 9 June in Myanmar, where they have bases.

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