Nagaland: 8 Assam Rifles Personnel Killed in Militants Ambush

By | May 5, 2015

Nagaland: A major attack took place on the Assam Rifle camp near Indo-Myanmar border. Eight Assam Rifles Jawans have been killed in an ambush suspected by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K). According to the latest report, six jawans are injured and four are still missing after the attack.

According to the Assam Rifles officials, At Changlang Su, over 20 Jawans in a truck and a water tank were heading towards the stream to fetch water when the incident took place. At first, the militants fired a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) close to the truck and then started firing over army personnel. In retaliatory firing from Jawans, 8 militant have died. On 2nd April, three army personnel lost their lives, when an attack was launched by NSCN (K) cadres in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district.

These attacks are considered as the result of ongoing clashes between Assam Rifle personnel and NSCN (K) militants. The army has experienced numerous attacks from the militant group since march, in which at least 10 NSCN (K) militants got killed, out of which 4 died on last Saturday.



This was the second attack since the central government refused to extend the ceasefire agreement further with NSCN (K), which was signed in 2001 and lasted about 14 years. The government denied any agreement from NSCN (K) for Naga’s peace process, since no political dialogue is situated between both sides in last 14 years.

In recent days, a number of attacks on security forces increased drastically. Since the declaration of new security policies, Radical groups like Maoists are striking hard on the forces. In April 2015, 16 security jawans were deadshot in Chhattisgarh. Reports show various reasons behind these failures out of which lack of local intelligence and not following the standard operating procedures are considered as main factors. The lack of coordination between center and state is also seen as the ambiguity in this operation.

The government needs to take serious measures to stop these kinds of attacks. It can’t win this battle against these radical groups unless they break their confidence and incidents like these are the moral boosters for the militants.

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