3 militants killed in gunfight in Nagaland

Kohima, December 3: At least three militants, one of which is suspected to be of National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K) were killed in a gun battle with Assam Rifles at Wating Basti in Nagaland’s Mon district along the Indo-Myanmar border this evening.

Police suspect along with the NSCN-K, that has not come under the ceasefire, Paresh Baruah-led United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I) are also present in the battle.

According to the sources, the 10-12 member militant group equipped with heavy weapons sheltered at the remote area were trying to sneak into Assam.

Sources further said that at least two security personnel have also secured injuries in the gun battle. So far, one body has been recovered and two other has been suspected to have died in cross fire.

As on when the article is being filed, the battle, which created a tense situation across the area, is still on.

Following an alliance between ULFA, NSCN(K), Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) and a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) had formed a unified force in May 4, 2015 named United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFW).

A day before, on May 3, Mon district remains witness to one of the greatest offensives in the recent times led jointly by the ULFA-I and NSCN-K resulting the death of seven soldiers of Assam Rifles and one army personnel.

Last Sunday, security forces had apprehended nine including three women suspected cadres of the banned IK Songbijit faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) from Chamro in Arunachal Pradesh near the Indo-Myanmar border.