Two GNLA Militants Killed in Gun Battle in Assam

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Two hardcore militants of Meghalaya’s rebel group Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were killed in a gun battle with security forces in Assam’s Goalpara district along the Meghalaya border on Thursday, police said.

Based on intelligence input, a joint team of police and army 19th Dogra Regiment had launched operation at Khangkhal area near Hudakoona of Goalpara district.

“When security personnel reached the remote area the militants who hide at the area started firing and forced us to exchanged fire,” Goalpara district SP Nitul Gogoi said.

The militant duo were killed on the spot and they have yet to be identified.

Security forces recovered three hand grenades, an IED, two pistols with magazines and several rounds of live ammunition in possession of the slain militants.

In another area, police arrested six suspected Maoists from Nalbari district on Wednesday night.

Nalbari police said among the arrested suspected Maoists, five of them came from Jharkhand and another from Bihar.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.