Three jawans of the Army were killed and three others seriously injured in an ambush carried out by a joint group of ULFA and NSCN(K) militants near the oil town of Digboi in Tinsukia district in eastern Assam early Saturday morning.
According to an official, heavily armed terrorist of banned outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) attacked an army convoy early this morning with rocket propelled grenades, hitting a truck and a jeep near the Pengeri reserve forest in the eastern Assam district of Tinsukia, about 550 km from the state capital Guwahati.
“They (the terrorists) had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) on the road. When the IED exploded, the convoy stopped. Then the terrorists fired indiscriminately,” Defence public relations officer Lt. Col. Suneet Newton said.
The attack on convoy triggered an encounter between the security forces and the terrorists. The injured were airlifted to a nearby army base hospital with multiple wounds, the official said.
“The area is thickly forested and that gave them (terrorist) an edge to attack and escape immediately after the strike,” an army commander told Reuters, requesting not to be identified.
Army, police, and paramilitary troopers have since launched a massive hunt for the rebels and to seal escape routes, an army official said.
Condemning the attack, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said “the perpetrators will be punished”.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh was apprised of the security situation after the blast. “Deeply anguished to learn of the death of Army soldiers in a blast in Tinsukia. I pray for the speedy recovery of our injured soldiers,” the home minister tweeted this morning.
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