After lull of couple of months, Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) was engaged in fierce gun battle with Assam Rifles in Mon district in Nagaland. Four men of the Assam Rifles were martyred in the shootout in Aboi.
Earlier in 2015 Khaplang faction has carried similar attack in Changlangshu while Assam Rifles jawans were on their way.
According to reports on Times of India, the Assam Rifles personnel were on their way to fetch water from a river when they were attacked by the suspected NSCN (Khaplang) terrorists with grenades and gunfire near Aboi, 35 km from the district headquarters.
The attack comes at a time when talks between the Centre and pro-talk Naga rebel groups like NSCK (Isak-Muivah) a are at an advanced stage.
“Gunfight took place between Assam Rifles personnel suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) terrorists after Assam Rifles personnel were ambushed when they were on their way to collect water from a river b/w Aboi & Mohung in Mon district, earlier today,” a tweet posted by news agency ANI read.
Nagaland:Gunfight took place between Assam Rifles personnel & suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) terrorists after Assam Rifles personnel were ambushed when they were on their way to collect water from a river b/w Aboi & Mohung in Mon district, earlier today pic.twitter.com/DU5gvEJAmJ
— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2018
Havildar Fateh Singh Negi and Sepoy Hungnga Konyak died on the spot while four others suffered critical bullet injuries. They have been admitted to the hospital.
Superintendent of police, Vechipa Vise told Economic Times, “There were reports that there was encounter between Khaplang cadres and Assam Rifles around 2.30 pm on Sunday. Suspected Khaplang faction carried out the attack on Assam Rifles”
Mon district is the stronghold of Khaplang faction and home turf of Khango Konyak, chairman of the outfit, who took over after the death Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang.
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