At least two jawans of the Assam Rifles were killed and four others sustained injuries on Saturday when a convoy carrying the security personnel was ambushed by suspected NSCN (K) militants in Nagaland.
According to a defence spokesman, the unfortunate incident happened between Tobu and Ukha village in Nagaland's Mon district at around 1 pm. According to the sources, armed militants fired at a convoy of the Assam Rifles indiscriminately leading to death of two soldiers and injury of four others. The shootout lasted for about an hour.
The deputy commissioner of Mon district, Thavaseelen K, said the incident took place exactly at Changlangshu area in Mon district. “The four jawans, who were injured during the incident, have been airlifted for better treatment,” Thavaseelen K said adding that police investigation is underway to find out as to who are behind the attack.
The DC further stated that in the year 2015, in a similar attack on Assam Rifles jawans at the same place, nine jawans were killed.
So far no outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) are suspected to be involved in the attack as the outfit is active in and around the area.
The ambush comes four days after suspected armed militants killed a politician and ten others including his family members and personnel security officers (PSOs) at Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh. On May 21, suspected armed militants fired randomly at a convoy of Tirong Aboh, MLA from Khonsa West constituency in Arunachal Pradesh, at a remote location in Tirap district of the state.