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Kohima: Following the killing of 14 civilians by security forces in Mon district on Saturday, the Nagaland government, on Tuesday announced its decision to call off the Hornbill festival.

Government spokesperson Neiba Kronu told journalists that the decision was taken following the state cabinet’s emergency on Tuesday morning.

Kronu said that entrepreneurial activities will continue at Kisama and has urged the people to support these entrepreneurs.

He informed that a short and solemn ceremony will be held by the tourism department to call off the festival.

The festival began in December amid much fanfare but submerged to mourning and condemnation following the death of 14 civilians by security forces.

Kisama also wore a deserted look on Monday after the festival was temporarily suspended.

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