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Nagaland: Some security vehicles were also set on fire.

Guwahati:
Thirteen villagers and a soldier were killed at an Indo-Myanmar border district in Nagaland as a counter-insurgency operation went awry on Saturday, sources said. Another villager died today as a mob attacked the Assam Rifles camp.

Here are the Top 10 points in this story:

  1. The security forces were set for a counter-insurgency operation in the Mon district that borders Myanmar, sources said. Following a tip-off about a possible movement of insurgents, they had laid an ambush near Oting village on Saturday afternoon.

  2. But they opened fire on a truck on the Tiru-Oting road, which was carrying villagers, police sources said. Six villagers died when the forces opened fire, two died later while being taken to the hospital, sources said.

  3. Soon after, angry locals surrounded the security forces. Police sources said five villagers were killed and six injured as the forces opened fire at the mob in “self-defense”. A soldier died and three vehicles of the security forces were also set on fire.

  4. In the evening, the situation turned tense in Mon town as angry protesters surrounded the Assam rifles camp. Police sources said they broke into the camp tried to set fire to a portion of it. A man died in the violence.

  5. In a statement, the army said: “Based on credible intelligence of likely movement of insurgents, a specific operation was planned to be conducted in the area of ​​Tiru, ​​Mon District, Nagaland. The incident and its aftermath is deeply regretted”.

  6. “The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated at the highest level and appropriate action will be taken as per the course of law,” the statement added. It also said security forces have suffered severe injuries in the incident, and a soldier died.

  7. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who was in Delhi, is back in the state and will visit Mon tomorrow and meet the locals. He has already announced that a Special Investigation Team will investigate the matter. Mobile internet and SMS services have been blocked in the Mon district to stop the circulation of rumors.

  8. Union home minister Amit Shah tweeted: “Anguished over an unfortunate incident in Nagaland’s Oting, Mon. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. A high-level SIT constituted by the State government will thoroughly probe this incident to ensure justice to the bereaved families”.

  9. “The unfortunate incident leading to the killing of civilians at Oting, Mon is highly condemnable. Condolences to the bereaved families & speedy recovery of those injured. High-level SIT will investigate & justice delivered as per the law of the land. Appeal for peace from all sections,” tweeted Chief Minister Rio.

  10. The Mon area is the stronghold of Naga group NSCN(K) and even ULFA and the incident comes during the state’s signature “Hornbill Festival”, which is being attended by several diplomats. The Konyak community, to which the villagers belonged, said it has decided to abstain from any further participation in the Hornbill Festival. Six other tribal groups also said they will not participate.

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