NSCN-Khaplang Militants Work With Other Militant Groups To Attack Army Soldiers

A week ago, in the Chandel district of Manipur, militants carried out a deadly ambush on the 6 Dogra Infantry Regiment. 18 soldiers were killed and 10 others were injured

The soldiers were in a four vehicle convoy travelling from Motul to Imphal, when they were ambushed between Paralong and Charong, about 30 kms from Imphal.

The militants were well-prepared. First, they triggered a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and then they attacked the convoy with RPG launchers and automatic weapons.

The injured jawans were airlifted by army chopper and were taken to the base hospital for treatment.

A Manipur police official said the attackers were from two militant groups working together, People’s Liberation Army of Manipur (PLA) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF).

Police and Army moved into the area to launch an operation against the attackers.

Three days later, a group of 40 NSCN-Khaplang rebels attacked an Assam Rifles camp in the remote Lazu area in the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, along the Indo-Myanmar border.

No casualties were reported.

SP Ajit Kumar Singh from the Tirap district said the militant group started the attack after midnight, around 2:30 am, with automatic weapons. “The AR personnel were alerted and retaliated against the militant attack. But the militants managed to flee from the area,” he said.

While searching the area, security personnel recovered 70 empty AK-47 cartridges and an unexploded bomb.

The Army, working with the Arunachal Pradesh police, launched a massive combing operation against the militants.

This was the second attack by NSCN-Khaplang rebels on Assam Rifles in Arunachal Pradesh this year. In the first attack, nine Assam Rifles jawans were killed in an ambush by a combination of three militant groups along the Myanmar border. The three militant groups were NSCN-Khaplang, ULFA(I), NDFB(S).

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