NEW DELHI: Two years after the elite Special Force's ‘hot pursuit’ in the jungles of India-Myanmar border, same troops carried out another major offensive against terror group NSCN- Khaplang faction.
In a wee hour operation, the Army claimed to have inflicted "heavy casualties" on the insurgent group hideouts, without disclosing the exact number of kills.
Soon after announcing its operation, Army also clarified that its troops did not cross unmarked International Border with Myanmar.
“ It was not a surgical strike and our troops did not cross the international border,’ an Army official asserted in the national capital.
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Even the union home minister Rajnath Singh, during a cabinet briefing, responded on Army’s operation that, "There are no two opinions that Myanmar is a friendly country. Whatever information we get, we will inform you about it."
According to the statement issued by Army’s Eastern Command that around 4.45 am, about a dozen soldiers engaged in a firefight with the terrorists. A large number of casualties were suffered by the insurgents but none by the soldiers, the statement said.
"A column of the Indian Army while operating along the Indo-Myanmar border was fired upon by unidentified insurgents. Our troops reacted swiftly and brought down heavy retaliatory fire on the insurgents. The insurgents then broke the contract and fled," said the army statement.
The raid was carried out in retaliation for the killing of 20 soldiers in an ambush in Manipur.
At the time, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had confirmed the strike, saying the government had taken the bold step to target terror camps.
In surgical strikes against Pakistan a year ago, Indian Army soldiers had crossed the Line of Control and targeted terror launchpads.