12 militants killed in Assam

Security forces strike camp of the DHD faction

Diphu: Twelve insurgents of the Black Widow faction of the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel) group were killed and 18 injured in a gun battle with security forces in the North Cachar Hills district on Saturday.

Troops of the 8th Sikh Regiment and police cordoned off the village along the Assam-Nagaland-Manipur border around 4.30 a.m. during the operation at a camp of the DHD (Jewel Garlosa) sheltering around 30 ultras, police sources said.

The rebels opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated killing 12 of them, the sources said. None from the security forces or the villagers was injured or killed, they said.

The village is dominated by Jemi-Naga tribals and NSCN(I-M) ultras were also suspected to be in the militant group as they have an understanding with the DHD.

The dead were yet to be identified and investigations were on, the sources said. The ceasefire between the DHD(J) and Centre expired recently and the State Government had been instructed by the Union Home Ministry to draw up an action plan to improve the law and order situation, particularly in the NC Hills district. — PTI

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