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Militants shoot at petrol pump

A bullet hole on the window pane of the petrol pump. Picture by Saidul Khan

Tura, April 30: Suspected militants of the United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) fired at a petrol pump in Williamnagar at 4.15pm today.

Though, no one was hurt in the firing, two bullets hit the counter and the fuel pump. East Garo Hills superintendent of police Davis Marak confirmed the firing.

Marak said, “It seems that the armed militants came from across the river in a boat, fired at the pump and went back. The modus operandi suggests it to be the handiwork of Norok Momin-led UALA outfit.”

The Janusa petrol pump is located about 4km from Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East Garo Hills.

An operation has been launched to nab the suspected militants. Police have recovered 25 spent cartridges of AK series rifles from the petrol pump.

Two months ago, an NRL petrol pump adjacent to Williamnagar civil hospital was attacked by militants of the breakaway faction of A’chik National Volunteers Council, (ANVC-B).

An eyewitness to the incident said a ricochet from a bullet hit a cadre, who was carried away by other militants.

The injured militant was later arrested from Sampalgre, a locality in Williamnagar. He is being shifted to Tura civil hospital.

He sustained injuries in his abdomen, and is in a critical condition. Police said there were six militants, who had fired at the pump this evening.

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