GUWAHATI: Commandos of 12 Para exchanged a barrage of gunfire with militants of the SS Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) inside Myanmar in the wee hours of Friday. According to official sources, there was no casualty in the gunbattle that began at 3 am and lasted for about two hours.
However, the NSCN-K claimed it had eliminated five to six commandos in the incident.
“The encounter took place beyond Thorloi, which is in Myanmar, 2 km from the Indian side of the border in Nagaland’s Mon district. There was no casualty in the firefight,” Mon superintendent of police, Yangba Konyak, told Express. “I myself have seen the commandos when they returned. There were around 30 of them, which makes a platoon,” he said. “I don’t know of casualties, if any, on the side of NSCN-K,” he added.
“The 12 Para commandos had intruded one-and-a-half-hour- long walking distance into Myanmar. Five to six commandos were gunned down,” the NSCN-K told Express in an emailed statement.