ULFA-I claims responsibility for Arunachal ambush
GUWAHATI: The United Liberation Front of Asom—Independent (ULFA-I) along with two other militant outfits namely the NSCN (K) and PLA of Manipur, on Monday, claimed responsibility for the joint ambush on a convoy of the 19th Assam Rifles in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday morning.
In a statement released to the media on Monday, ULFA-I claimed that “two jawans have been killed on the spot and others injured in the ambush in a joint military offensive against the occupational forces combined team of the Naga army (NSCN/GPRN), ULFA (I) and RPF [PLA].”
Assam Rifles PRO Sanjiv Sethi, however, confirmed that one jawan died while another was critically injured and shifted to hospital.
He, however, did not divulge details when asked about the names of the deceased and injured.
Reports stated that militants ambushed an Assam Rifles water tanker near Tengmo village under Jairampur sub-division in Changlang district around 9 am on Sunday and that the exchange of fire lasted for about half an hour.
Meanwhile, police stated that a combined search by Assam Rifles, Arunachal Pradesh police and the CRPF is underway.
In May last year, suspected NSCN-K militants had carried out a similar attack on an Assam Rifles water tanker in Nagaland’s Mon district in which two personnel were killed and three others injured.