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2:13 am - Saturday September 23, 2017

3 Assam Rifles injure in IED blast in Nagaland

Agencies, Kohima

At least three jawans of the 15th Assam Rifles were injured in a bomb explosion when the patrolling party came across an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded, triggered by suspected NSCN (K) cadres near the International Trade Centre (ITC) Dan, Pangsha area under Noklak sub-division of Tuensang district.

According to Assam Rifles sources today, the IED went off when the 15th Assam Rifles jawans were on routine patrol duty yesterday along the Indo-Myanmar international border. Assam Rifles sources alleged that cadres of the NSCN (K) had come across from Myanmar and planted the bomb to attack the security forces. In the explosion, one of the jawans was critically injured while the other two sustained minor injuries, sources said.

As per a local official source at the border, the armed cadres emerged from the Myanmar side of the border also fired upon the Assam Rifles jawans and disappeared after Assam Rifles jawans also retaliated by the exchange of fire. The official said an Army chopper was activated to conduct sorties after the gunfight, which lasted nearly half an hour.

The injured Assam Rifles trooper was airlifted while casualty if any on the other side could not be ascertained, the official added. The Assam Rifles, meanwhile described the incident as a “little exchange of fire” around the ITC Dan area. The Assam Rifles PRO informed that one trooper was slightly injured by a ricocheting bullet in the gun fight that lasted a few minutes. The PRO said the area was cordoned off and a combing operation was on.

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