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A soldier of Assam Rifles martyred in an encounter with militants in Arunachal

An Assam Rifles jawan was killed and two others sustained injuries in Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday in an encounter with suspected militants. 

Militants are said to be from the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang-Yung Aung), who were engaged in the encounter. 

An official of the state government, in anonymity, said that there was a tip-off on the presence of the armed militants near Longvi village. “When the Assam Rifles jawan launched combing operation, militants fired upon the jawans. The two injured are rushed to hospital.” 

The district chief said that security forces have launched a massive counter-insurgency operation to flush out terrorists from the area. 

“A column of Assam Rifles was launched to carry out an operation around 9 am. Suddenly, the soldiers came under heavy firing in which the jawan was martyred after receiving bullet injury,” said a police source. 

The encounter occurred around 8 Km from Longvi village under Nampong circle in Arunachal Pradesh.  

Many factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland have been among the outfits based in the northeast that have waged guerrilla war for six decades against central rule by New Delhi. 

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