Factional fighting claims two more NSCN K/K cadres

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DIMAPUR, December 6 (Newmai News Network): Two more cadres of the NSCN-Khole/Kitovi have been killed by rival NSCN-K cadres last night at Longkhim area under Tuensang district of Nagaland.

Sources said the deceased have been identified as `Lieutenant` Lumthrongtsaba and `Raja Peyu` Chumkyuse, both hailing from Chungtor village under Tuensang district.

Reports said the NSCN-K cadres killed the two NSCN-Khole/Kitovi cadres at around 7 pm on Wednesday.

With this incident, four cadres from the NSCN-Khole/Kitovi have been killed by the rival NSCN-K cadres in the last one week.

On December 3, two cadres of the NSCN-Khole/Kitovi were killed by cadres of rival NSCN-Khaplang group in the heart of Dimapur.

There were varied stories with regard to the cirscumstances that had led to the killing of the NSCN-Khole/Kitovi cadres on that earlier incident.

Intelligence sources had said that the two cadres of NSCN-Khole/Kitovi were `chatting with shopkeepers` at Murgi Patti area in the heart of Dimapur market when the cadres of NSCN-K came and shot them. However, NSCN-K sources had said it was purely a factional clash.

The deceased of December 3 were identified as 2nd lieutenant Sheye Konyak and sergeant major Wochamo Lotha.

Meanwhile, the booming factional clashes in Nagaland in the recent time has spoilt the pre-Christmas festivity activities in Nagaland, otherwise has been in the festive mood with series of advent Christmas parties underway since December 1.

Stars and Santa Clauses have been put up but the undying factional clashes meant a spoil-sport to the cheering Christmas mood.

Nagaland, with the seven-day long Hornbill Festival, tagged as the festival of festival in the state has been in full swing in the state capital since December 1 but the insurgency related violence has been playing hiccups to the glowing festive ambience. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in all the sensitive areas where factional clashes are prone. Reports have also said that more factional clashes will occur in the days to come.

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