GUWAHATI: The SS Khaplang faction of insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) suffered a major blow on Friday when the security forces gunned down seven of their men.
Defence sources said the incident took place at Pangsha in Tuensang district of Nagaland on the India-Myanmar border. The slain militants included a woman cadre. This is the biggest confirmed operation against the outfit after it had killed 18 jawans of the 6 Dogra Regiment in a deadly ambush in Chandel district of Manipur in June.
“A patrol of security forces was carrying out routine domination of the border area along Pangsha town when they saw a motorbike and two vehicles approaching. When the security forces asked the motorcyclist to halt for frisking, there was intense firing from the two vehicles, which were following behind. The security forces retaliated with equal fire power and in the ensuing firefight, seven NSCN-K insurgents were neutralised and three ground workers (OGWs) were injured,” defence sources told Express from Nagaland.
A jawan also sustained injuries in the incident. The sources said the security forces took utmost care in avoiding fatal injuries to the OGWs. A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered.