The Assam Rifles has long been engaged in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in the Northeastern states Credit: Representational image

Guwahati: Assam Rifles slammed NSCN (K-Yung Aung) for attacking its Company Operating Base (COB) in Mon district, calling it “a major attempt to derail the ongoing Naga Peace Process that is in its final stages”.

On Sunday, militants of the banned outfit open fired at the 40 Assam Rifles COB at Chenloiso village under Mon district. An AR cadet sustained knee injury. All nearby COBs were informed and alerted about the incident.

A press release from PRO (Defence) Lt Col Sumit Sharma said: “The alert and agile troops of Assam Rifles retaliated immediately to thwart the attack. The insurgents ran away after coming under immediate and accurate fire from the Assam Rifles post. Extensive search and domination operations have been launched in the area”.

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“The action of NSCN-K (YA) is a fallout of their desperation due to waning influence of violence in the State and apprehension of top leaders like SS Maj Gen Yanghang@ [alias] Mopa and SS Kilonser Imti Ao, thereby severely degrading the extortion and forced recruitment by the faction,” the statement read.

The Army Commander Eastern Command and GOC Spear Corps also lauded the troops for their alertness, quick response and resolve to ensure Peace and Stability in Nagaland, it informed.

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