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UALA camp busted in Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb. 11: A joint team of commandos belonging to Meghalaya’s SWAT and CoBRA today busted a hideout of the United A’chik Liberation Army in Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills district.

“We busted a makeshift camp of the UALA at Ambare Chiring hills, but the group of militants camping there escaped before the arrival of the security forces,” a police official said.

A joint team of commandos belonging to Meghalaya’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) conducted a raid at the hills in the state’s western region, following inputs about the presence of 20 UALA militants.

The area is around 300km from here. Although the militants managed to flee from the camp, the security found two detonators, four fuse wires, and documents from there.

The UALA was formed last year after splitting from the breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteers Council.

Last year, the outfit’s leader Singbirth Marak alias Norok X. Momin was allegedly involved in killing two staff of Meghalaya jail at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills and seven Rabha men at Gendabari village in Assam ’s Goalpara district.