SUSPECTED MILITANTS on Saturday ambushed an Assam Rifles convoy in Longding district of eastern Arunachal Pradesh, killing one jawan and injuring eight others. The condition of six of the injured was stated to be critical.
Official sources in Itanagar said the militants, believed to be of the NSCN(K), ambushed the convoy between Wakka and Tissa, about 15 km from the international border with Myanmar beyond which several rebel groups of the Northeastern region have their camps. The attack took place around 1:45 pm.
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A massive combing operation was launched in the areas of Longding and Tirap districts bordering Myanmar soon after the ambush, official sources said. No arrests had been made till late evening.
The attack was carried out exactly two weeks after a combined group of ULFA(I), NSCN(K) and UNLF militants carried out a major ambush on a convoy of the Kumaon Regiment near Pengeri, close to the historic oil town of Digboi in Tinsukia district, which shares inter-state boundary with Arunachal Pradesh. Three soldiers were killed in that attack.
The NSCN(K), ULFA(I), UNLF and NDFB(S), which have their hideouts across the border in Myanmar, use Longding and Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh as a corridor.