Security forces on Wednesday night killed two militants belonging to the Khaplang faction of NSCN, while a third militant was injured in the process.
Official sources in the Assam Rifles in Kohima in a statement said that a patrol party which had gone to Meluri in Phek district following the kidnapping of two school boys by the militant group, were attacked by the militants leading to a heavy exchange of fire.
While two NSCN(K) cadres were killed on the spot, a third one was injured and captured. One AK-47 rifle and some rifles were also recovered from the area.
Earlier this month, the NSCN(K) had kidnapped two school boys from Avangkhu and Pokhungri villages in Meluri subdivision, with security forces suspecting that the boys were taken away to forcibly induct into the militant group. The villagers were also under tremendous pressure to support the NSCN(IK), the Assam Rifles, which is engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Nagaland, in its statement said.
“A strong message has also been sent to NSCN(K) that such acts of forcible recruitment will not be tolerated by the people of Nagaland and that the Security Forces will take all measures to prevent any action by UG factions, that disrupts peace and tranquility in the region,” the Assam Rifles statement said.