Four militants were killed while an Army officer was martyred in a fierce gunfight near the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland's Mon district on Wednesday, an official said. The militants are believed to have belonged to banned outfit of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I).
Nagaland Police chief L.L. Doungel told IANS that Major David Manlum of Territorial Army was killed and three para commandos were injured in the fighting.
He said four militants, whose identities are yet to be identified, were killed. "We are still waiting for a detailed report on the incident," Major Doungel said.
Police said one of the three soldiers of the 12 Para Commandos of the Army injured in the battle at Lapa Lempong hilltop in Oting village was in critical condition.
One AK 56, 2 Chinese AK, 2 grenades, 3 IEDs, 270 AK rounds were recovered from the three killed terrorists, ANI reported.
Acting on intelligence inputs, a combined team of Para Commandos and Territorial Army ambushed a group of National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) and the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) militants.
The militants had sneaked in from Myanmar into Nagaland's Mon district. Search operations were on to nab the fleeing militants.
The encounter continued for several hours. Later, bodies of the three militants were found, the spokesman said.
Search operations are still on to nab the fleeing militants.