2 Assam Rifles jawans killed in ambush along Assam-Arunachal border

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GUWAHATI: Two Assam Rifles personnel were killed in an ambush laid jointly by militants of the SS Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) and the Paresh Baruah faction of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) along Assam-Arunachal border on Sunday morning.

Sources in the Assam Rifles told Express the attack was perpetrated at a place between Jagun and Jairampur of the inter-state border.

“Two of our personnel lost their lives in the incident. The attack was carried out jointly by ULFA and NSCN-K” the sources said. They added that the victims were members of a road opening party (ROP).

Tourists vehicles stranded near Assam-Arunachal border. (EPS)
Tourists vehicles stranded near Assam-Arunachal border. (EPS)

As the encounter was on, dozens of vehicles, carrying both domestic and foreign tourists and heading to Pangsau Pass on the India-Myanmar border, were stranded.

This is the fourth ambush by militants on security forces in the Northeast in recent months. On December 4, a JCO was among two Assam Rifles personnel killed in an ambush by the NSCN-K in Arunachal. November 19, a combined team of NSCN-K and ULFA had carried out an ambush on Army personnel in Assam, killing three and injuring four others. This was followed by another ambush on a group of 21 Para commandos in Manipur on November 26. Five Army personnel were injured in that attack.

Insurgent outfits of the Northeast have their bases in Myanmar. A number of them have come under one umbrella after the formation of United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia. Ever since its formation, they started carrying out the attacks jointly.

Source: New Indian Express

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