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Army carries out operation against Naga rebels near Myanmar border

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New Delhi: The Indian Army killed a significant number of Naga rebels in a pre-dawn encounter along the Myanmar border. The operation was not a ‘surgical strike’ the Army essentially said.

The Army’s Eastern Command released information about the operation on Twitter, rebutting reports of high casualties among Army personnel.

There were no casualties among Indian Army soldiers, the Eastern Command said, adding that the gunfight between its troops and the NSCN(K) cadre took place at 4.45 am.

A large number of NSCN(K) cadre were killed in retaliatory firing, the Army said, suggesting that it was more of an encounter that a ‘surgical strike’ launched expressly to eliminate Naga rebels.

The Army’s Eastern Command said that the operation was launched after a group of insurgents attacked an Indian Army column that was moving along the Indo-Myanmar border.

Following the attack, the Army responded with “heavy retaliatory fire” inflicting a “large number of casualties” among the insurgents, the Eastern Command said. The Army reiterated that no troops had been killed in the operation.

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