Kohima: Two Assam Rifles personnel were killed and four others sustained injuries in an ambush by suspected NSCN (K) militants from across the border yesterday afternoon in Mon district of Nagaland.
According to sources today the incident occurred at a location between Tobu and Ukha under Mon district, when an IED was triggered at a location some 4 km north of Tobu by “suspected NSCN-K cadres” as a team of 40th Assam Rifles soldiers were patrolling from Tobu to Ukha to give relieve to another team taking part in patrolling in the area.
The militants first triggered an IED blast and resorted to indiscriminate firing on the convoy carrying the Assam Rifles personnel in a mini-truck near Thanyak hydro project, between Tobu and Ukha villages. The Assam Rifles troops also retaliated and the gunfight ensued for about an hour, sources said. Two Assam Rifles personnel- one JCO and one rifleman died in the gunfight and identified as Naib Subedar Dina Nath Ram and Rifleman GD Kalidas Sharma.
Casualties on the other side have not been ascertained so far, sources added. The injured were evacuated to a military hospital in Jorhat in Assam. The nature of injury was stated to be non-fatal.
Soon after the attack, the reinforcement of Assam Rifles rushed to the place and a massive combing operation was taken up in the deep jungle, which continued till late night, but no arrest was made so far. “There are no details, so far, on casualty on the other side,” the sources said, while adding that dense jungle foliage was making search operation quite difficult. No organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio condemned the attack on Assam Rifles personnel by unidentified persons. Rio took to twitter to condemn the incident, saying: “Reports of violence and attacks on security forces by unknown persons, in Mon district, is highly condemnable. I convey condolences to those who have been killed and wish speedy recovery for the injured. I further appeal for peace from all sections.”
Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton, who is also the in-charge of Home, vehemently condemned the incident. In this connection, Patton directed the state police for thorough investigation and deliver justice as per the law of the land. Patton also expressed his condolence to the bereaved family and wished speedy recovery of the injured personnel, an official release said.