Nagaland: At least 13 villagers, one soldier killed during a security operation; probe ordered

Nagaland: At least 13 villagers, one soldier killed during a security operation; probe ordered
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About 13 villagers and one soldier were killed in Nagaland after a counter-insurgency operation went awry on Sunday.

Union minister Amit Shah said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) will probe the matter.

These security forces were set for a counter-insurgency operation in Mon district, which borders Myanmar, as per sources.

After a tip-off about the possible movement of insurgents, an ambush was launched near Oting village.

They also opened fire on a vehicle on the Tiru-Oting road. It was carrying villagers, said sources.

Sooner, the angry locals surrounded the security forces. At least seven villagers were injured after the forces opened fire at the mob in ‘self-defence’.

Some vehicles of the security forces were also set on fire. The army in a statement said that based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents, a specific operation was planned to be conducted in the area of Tiru, Mon District of Nagaland.

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As per the statement, the security forces have also suffered severe injuries in the incident, and a soldier has also died.

Mon area is the stronghold of Naga group NSCN(K). Besides, the ULFA also has its presence in this area.

And the incident comes ahead of the state’s signature ‘Hornbill festival’, which will be attended by several diplomats who are already in this area.

The villagers belong to the Konyak community. It has also decided to abstain from any further participation in the Hornbill Festival.

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