Two Assam Rifles jawans were killed and four others were injured when their patrol party was attacked by some unidentified gunmen near Aboi town under Mon district in Nagaland on Sunday.
The incident occurred around 3 pm near Aboi when armed militants ambushed a team comprising six Assam Rifles personnel. Two units of Assam Rifles – one from Nagaland’s Aboi and the other from Longding in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh were on routine patrol. They had met at link point and were returning to their bases when one of the vehicles was attacked.
The vehicle skidded off the road in the first Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast. Grenades were thrown and the gun-fight lasted for close to 20 minutes.
Havildar Fateh Singh Negi and Sepoy Hungnga Konyak died on the spot while four others suffered critical bullet injuries, public relations officer to the Inspector General of Assam Rifles said. The injured personnel were airlifted and taken to the military hospital at Jorhat in Upper Assam.
The security men retaliated, but casualty on the other side was yet to be ascertained.
The official said the involvement of suspected Naga underground groups in the ambush was not yet confirmed while there have been no claims made by any group.