At least three security personnel were killed and around six injured in an ambush near Tenyak river, about 2 kms away from Aboi town under Mon district Sunday afternoon.
According to Mon police, the suspected militants laid an ambush near Tenyak river, close to the Border Roads Organization- GREF camp, when two of the vehicles carrying a joint team of 40 Assam Rifles and 164 TA (Naga) Bn personnel were returning to its base in Aboi town.
The attackers first triggered an IED blast and fired indiscriminately at the vehicles, police said. As per reports, police said that there was also a brief exchange of fire between the security forces and the militants.
Two of the jawans died on the spot while the other succumbed to injuries at Jorhat Military Hospital, police said.
The deceased have been identified as one Hav. Fateh Singh, Rfn. Sachin Kumar both Assam Rifles and Hongnga Konyak of the 164 TA (Naga) Bn.
The injured were rushed to the CHC Aboi for medical assistance and later airlifted to Jorhat Military Hospital.
There were also conflicting reports about the incident. Initially it was reported that the security forces were attacked on their way to collect water from the river. But later, it was reported that the joint team was ambushed while on their way back to the camp after conducting routine patrolling. However, no one from the security forces could be contacted to ascertain about the incident.
DC Mon, SDPO and Konyak Union president also rushed to the area to take stock of the situation.
NSCN (K) claims responsibility
NSCN (K) on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was “a series of on-going ‘Summer Offensives’ to sanitise the land against the illegal deployment of occupational Indian forces and to rein in their illegal activities, provocative movements there by wrecking havoc, perpetrating terror and disturbances of peace and tranquillity in the Naga country.”
In an e-mailed statement to the media, NSCN (K) dy. kilonser, ‘col.’ (retd) Isak Sumi claimed that the Naga Army attacked the security forces near Aboi town and killed more than six soldiers on the spot and injured the equal number of personnel.
He further claimed that in the earlier attack at Shengha Lampong, “two soldiers were killed and two others including the unit commander in the rank of Major were also injured.”
Isak Sumi said that “the attack was precise and discriminate targeting only the Indian forces exclusively and the local village guards, residing nearby were not harmed as intended albeit alleged by some anti-national elements.”