The Indian Army reportedly carried out a successful surgical strike against a camp belonging to the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, or the NSCN(K), killing five rebels and destroying the camp on Wednesday afternoon.
According to news reports, commandos of the elite anti-terror unit, the 12 Paras, launched the strike at the camp that was located at Shwelo, three kilometres inside Myanmar. Five militants of the outfit were killed and the camp was destroyed.
Soldiers of the 12 Para went swiftly inside Myanmar and reached the came at about 2 pm on Wednesday (27 June). The rebel camp was attacked by mortars, grenade launchers and rocket launchers. The Indian soldiers didn't suffer any injuries or casualties.
NSCN(K) information Secretary Isak Sumi has reportedly confirmed the strike. He said: "The Indian Army in huge number crossed Chenmoh village and arrived at the international boundary some kilometres away from the Naga Army forward post and on realisation that their presence has already been detected they resorted to blank firings randomly for several minutes to which the Naga Army responded and prevented any further advance. Casualties could not be ascertained. The incident occurred yesterday around noon".
Thursday's was the second successful surgical strike on North East rebel group bases inside Myanmar. A number of militants of the NSCN(K), the ULFA (Independent) and Manipuri insurgent outfits are based in the remote and forested areas in northwest Myanmar over which Myanmarese Army have little control.
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