Another rebel at­tack in In­dia’s North­east

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // NEWS - [Mizzima, In­dia Cor­re­spon­dent]

Sep­a­ratist guer­ril­las re­spon­si­ble for killing 18 In­dian sol­diers last week have struck again.

Of­fi­cials said 25 to 30 rebels of the Na­tional So­cial­ist Coun­cil of Na­ga­land’s Kha­p­lang fac­tion at­tacked a camp of the para-mil­i­tary As­sam Ri­fles on Sun­day at Lazu in the coun­try’s Arunachal Pradesh state bor­der­ing Myan­mar.

“But our troops were alert and fought them. The rebels fled af­ter a counter-at­tack,” said an In­dian mil­i­tary of­fi­cial.

He said no ca­su­al­ties were re­ported on ei­ther side.

The Kha­p­lang fac­tion re­neged on its ceasefire with In­dia in March and formed a coali­tion of sep­a­ratist forces called UNLFSWEA in April with rebel groups from other north­east­ern states.

Since then, there has been an up­surge in rebel at­tacks on In­dian forces. Thirty sol­diers from army and para-mil­i­tary units have died so far in these at­tacks.

In­dia has or­dered a mas­sive counter in­sur­gency op­er­a­tion af­ter last Thurs­day’s at­tack in Ma­nipur in which 18 sol­diers of the 6th Dogra reg­i­ment were killed.

The chief min­is­ter of Ma­nipur, Okram Ibobi Singh, has asked Delhi to per­suade Myan­mar to act against the rebels who are based in Sa­gaing Di­vi­sion.

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