Cross-border strike: Army enters Myanmar to hit Naga Militants

In a press conference, Army officials said, "We today inflicted significant casualties on militants along Indo-Myanmar border who were involved in Manipur ambush recently."

Written by Pranav Kulkarni , Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2015 7:37 am
manipur ambush, manipur attack, manipur militant attack, army, indo myanmar border, manipur, indian army, latest news Additional Director General, Military Operations, Maj Gen. Ranbir Singh addressing media on Military operations along Indo-Myanmar border. (PTI photo)

Days after militants killed 18 Armymen in Manipur, the special forces of the Army today conducted military operations inside Myanmar inflicting what it called “significant casualties” on the groups behind that ambush, the NSCN (K) and the Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL).

Read: How MEA helped set stage for strike

While the Army’s statement said that the operations were at two locations along the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur and Nagaland, sources said special forces had gone across the border and were in “constant communication with Myanmar authorities”. Later tonight, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that it was a cross-border operation, “unprecedented and extremely bold.” All Army men are said to have returned safe.

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Until late tonight, sources said, seven bodies of suspected militants had been recovered and operations were still on. Early reports put the number of militants killed at 14-18 but sources said that the number could go up as more details emerge.

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Sources said the operations, which began at 7 am today, were conducted by 21 Special Forces (Para) — a unit under Kolkata-based Eastern Command headquarters — along with troops of 27 Sector and 10 Sector of Assam Rifles. 27 Sector is headquartered at Pallel in Chandel district while 10 Sector is headquartered at Ukhrul and its area of responsibility stretches to the Myanmar border in Nagaland.

Read: Amid Army operation, focus on villages rife with militancy

The operations are being led by IG Assam Rifles (South), Major General Rajeev Chopra, headquartered at Imphal. IG Assam Rifles commands a division-sized force which operationally comes under 3 Corps headquartered at Dimapur.

Read: Army crossed border to target militants in the past too

Saying that the Army had been on “high alert” after the Manipur attack, Major General Ranbir Singh, Additional Director General Military Operations, said that over the last few days, “credible and specific intelligence” was received about further attacks being planned within India.

army“These attacks were to be carried out by some of the groups involved in earlier attacks on our security personnel and their allies…In view of the imminent threat, an immediate response was necessary. Based on intelligence, we conducted operations to counter these planned assaults,” Singh said. “As a consequence, threats to our civilian population and security forces were averted.”

“The units/ men were handpicked for the operation by Delhi. The operation is believed to have been going on for about 48 hours,” said an official source in Manipur, “parts of which are still ongoing.”

Militant camps exist on the Myanmar side of the thickly forested border. After carrying out attacks, militants were believed to have crossed the border.

“We are in communication with the Myanmar authorities on this matter. There is a history to close cooperation between our two militaries. We look forward to working with them to combat such terrorism,” Singh said.

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    Jack Larson
    Jun 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm
    stan already did cross border mission in India. It's called 26/11. India is weak and cannot do it in stan.
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      Raaj nair
      Jun 10, 2015 at 12:00 am
      Kudos to our Army men for doing a great job...the same medicine need to be given to stan for their old habit of sending sponsored terrorists and repeated straying into our territory... India has set a standard of No Nonsense now...
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        ASHISH TANDON
        Jun 9, 2015 at 10:18 pm
        The Indian army always had the firepower to terminate the enemies of the nation. The Indian political leadership now has the willpower to allow the Indian army hot pursuit of the enemies. That is the difference.
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          ajay sharma
          Jun 9, 2015 at 10:58 pm
          Not so sure about this, and waiting for the results in comings days
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            indian
            Jun 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm
            ET reports army went across the border to kill them. thanks to decisive govt. let liberals weep for terrorists.............. who cares
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            Anil
            Jun 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm
            Excellent
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              anoop
              Jun 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm
              salute to indian army.jaihind
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                CSNagarajan
                Jun 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm
                The militants are parasites in the society. The society has to get rid of militancy in any form for its larger interests and peace of public order. It is nice thing The Army has done a nice job in all earnestness and kudos to the men who did the fine job. Such action is needed in all parts of India to make India march forward.
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