Even as the army has intensified operations against the NSCN(K) in Manipur following the deadly ambush on Thursday that had left 18 security personnel dead, suspected NSCN(K) militants opened fire on an Assam Rifles post in Tirap district, close to the Myanmar boorder, in the wee hours of Sunday.
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A group of heavily armed militants opened fire on a post belonging to the 1 Assam Rifles at Laju, close to the Myanmar border at around 2:30 am, Guwahati-based Defence PRO Lt Col S Newton said. The militants fired several rounds but fled after the soldiers retaliated, he added. There was however no casualties in the incident.
Laju, about 60 kms south-east of Khonsa, the Tirap district headquarter, is close to the Indo-Myanmar boundary, beyond which are located the major camps of the NSCN(K), ULFA and NDFB(S). SS Khaplang, self-styled chairman of NSCN(K) also lives there.
This is the second incident after NSCN (K) claimed responsibility for killing 18 personnel of 6 Dogra infantry regiment in an ambush in Manipur’s Chandel district on June 4. NSCN-K had in March abrogated a 14-year-old ceasefire with the Centre.