Intelligence input on possible militant strike in northeast

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Shamim Zakaria

A statement released from the Assam Rifles has cautioned about possible terror strike in Assam and other states of the northeast ahead of the Independence Day. The statement further mentioned Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh as the most sensitive zones, where strikes could be carried out jointly by NSCN-A and ULFA-I under the banner of UNLFW.

Sources informed that large quantities of radio controlled IEDs including anti-tank mines have been acquired by the rebel outfits. Meanwhile the authorities are reviewing the security scenario and working to curb any mishap. July 16, security forces had gunned down two cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), Khaplang faction.

In May, the suspected NSCN (K) militants had fired at an Assam Rifles (AR) camp in the remote area of Lazu in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. This attack had taken place three days after a 6 DOGRA/26 Sector army convoy was ambushed by unidentified militant group killing nearly 20 soldiers.

This had prompted the Indian army to launch a rare cross border operation inside Myanmar. The operation was to counter the killing of 20 soldiers in Manipur. In a special operation, Indian Army troops had entered inside Burmese territory and neutralised a high number of militants in a hideout.

 

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