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3 Indian Soldiers Killed, 5 Injured In Ambush By Naga Freedom Fighters

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A squad of 15 Assam Rifles soldiers were on an “area domination” patrol in Manipur’s Chandel district on Wednesday evening when they came under attack by suspected militants of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (K) and People’s Liberation Army of Manipur (PLA).

Imphal: Three Indian soldiers from the Assam Rifles Unit killed in an ambush by the freedom fighters at a district in Manipur near the border with Myanmar. Five others were injured; they are critical, sources said.

A squad of 15 Assam Rifles soldiers were on an “area domination” patrol in Manipur’s Chandel district on Wednesday evening when they came under attack by freedom fighters of the People’s Liberation Army of Manipur (PLA) and NSCN-Khaplang one of the several insurgent groups operating in the northeast state.

Both PLA-Manipur and NSCN-K are fighting for the independence of the Northeastern Indian states of Nagaland and Manipur which were occupied by India and the natives complaint for human rights violations including massacres and mass-rape by the hands of the Indian Army under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which allows the military to carry genocide with impunity.

Sources said the Assam Rifles soldiers were first hit with an improvised explosive device (IED), followed by the ambush with small arms and a grenade launcher at the district 100 km from state capital Imphal.

A large reinforcement has been rushed to the area near the porous border with Myanmar.

“I strongly condemn the cowardice attack on 4 Assam Rifles in Chandel district. My tributes to the security personnel martyred in the attack… It is an act of cowardice and brutality. My heart goes out to the martyred and their families,” Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh wrote on Facebook.

Chandel is the same district in Manipur where 18 soldiers laid down their lives for India when militants ambushed their convoy in June 2015, in what was described as the worst casualties the army had suffered in recent years till then.

The attack in 2015 was claimed by a mixed group of militants from the NSCN(K) and the United National Liberation Front of Manipur (UNLF).

The PLA, one of the older Manipur-based insurgent groups founded in the late 1970s and fighting for secession from India, is not a party to any ceasefire with the government, unlike Nagaland’s NSCN (IM) headed by 86-year-old Thuingaleng Muivah.

Nagas along with Manipuris and Assamese have formed an alliance to counter the India’s brutal occupation.

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