Tura, Aug. 22: Two A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok rebels were killed in a joint army and police operation at Soba Jambal village in Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills along the Assam-Meghalaya border.
The encounter took place around 3.30am.
The army from the Dogra regiment based in Damra of Assam’s Goalpara district and the police led the operation.
“Based on information, we launched the operation and gunned down two militants,” said Jerry Marak, the superintendent of police, North Garo Hills.
The police said there were seven militants taking shelter in the village.
“Those carrying AK-series rifles escaped,” Marak added.
The police recovered two 7.65 pistols, three 36 grenades, 12 empty cases of AK, five empty 9mm cases, six empty 7.65 cases, 16 metres of cortex wires, one extra magazine of a pistol, three SIM cards and a mobile phone.
At Rongjeng in the East Garo Hills, the police and CoBRA commandos busted a makeshift camp of the GNLA.
“A group of rebels taking shelter at the camp managed to flee,” said Davies Marak, the superintendent of police, East Garo Hills.
Two unidentified men yesterday abducted a 16-year-old boy from Chibinang near Phulbari in the West Garo Hills.
Police said the two men barged into the residence of the teenager and abducted him at gunpoint in the presence of his parents around 8 last night.
An investigation is on.