Banned outfit ULFA (Independent) on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an ambush on an army parade in Assam’s Tinsukia district earlier in the day, in which security forces said at least one terrorist was injured.
The terrorist group, in a statement sent by email, said that the ambush, named ‘Operation Lakhipathar’, was to commemorate the ‘Day of Protest’, which the terrorist organization celebrates on November 28.
During an exercise in the area, the Army team was attacked on Pengeri-Digboi road in Barpatar area on Monday morning.
The terrorists detonated an explosive-laden vehicle that accompanied the first mine-protected vehicle (MPV), and fired approximately 20-30 rounds.
The army claimed that there was no casualty apart from a punctured tyre, in retaliatory firing, at least one ULFA(I) terrorist was “seriously injured as evidenced by blood stains found in the forest area”. .
A joint operation by the regional police immediately began at the scene of the accident, with tracking dogs and special equipment, but no further contact with the terrorists can be made, said the military spokesman.
The fleeing terrorists left remote devices, batteries, cables and food, he said.
ULFA(I) on the other hand said that the attack caused damage to the MPV vehicle and the injury of several security personnel.
The terrorist organization did not report any casualties among its cadres.
ULFA(I)’s ‘Day of Protest’ marks the start of “Operation Bajrang” against the terrorist group by the army in 1990.
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