Arunachal: Encounter between security forces, NSCN-KYA rebels in Tirap

Itanagar: Residents of remote Noglo Village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district woke up to a fierce gunfight between the security forces and militants of the Yung Aung faction of NSCN-K (NSCN-KYA) on Monday morning.

Sources in Assam Rifles told EastMojo that the incident occurred around 2.30 am.

Noglo, the last village along the India-Myanmar border, is around 50 km from Khonsa, the district headquarters of Tirap.

According to reports, the security forces discerned a suspected movement of some insurgents in Noglo village who were heavily armed and were moving towards the Assam Rifles camp.

“When the security forces challenged the approaching insurgents to confirm their identity from the villagers, the insurgents were taken aback and opened fire at the Assam Rifles troops in the middle of the village. They also lobbed two hand grenades, not even taking into consideration the safety of the villagers,” sources said.

The security forces immediately retaliated with heavy fire while the insurgents also continued their firing before escaping from the place of incident. They ran towards the India-Myanmar border, the sources added.

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No casualty was reported from either side.

Police officials from the nearest police station reportedly visited the place of incident later in the day and took stock of the situation.

Efforts made to contact the Assam Rifles commanding officer and Tirap superintendent of police were unsuccessful as their phones were switched off till the filing of this report.

Meanwhile, the villagers of Noglo took out a rally earlier in the day protesting the incident.

This is a developing story.

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