Guwahati: Banned outfit ULFA (Independent) on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an ambush on an army function in Assam’s Tinsukia district the previous day, in which security forces said at least one militant was injured.
The insurgents, in an emailed statement to the media, said that the ambush, dubbed ‘Operation Lakhipathar’, was to mark the ‘Day of Protest’, which the militant group is protecting. November 28th.
During an exercise in the area, the Army team was attacked on Pengeri-Digboi road in Barpatar area on Monday morning.
The militants blew up a vehicle filled with explosives called MPV, and fired about 20-30 rounds.
The army claimed that there was no casualty apart from a punctured tyre, in retaliatory firing, at least one ULFA(I) cadre was “severely injured as evidenced by blood stains found in the area”. the forest”.
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 can be made with the gunmen, said the army spokesman.
The fleeing militants left behind a remote control, 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 militant organization did not report any injuries to its cadres.
The ULFA(I)’s ‘Day of Protest’ marks the start of ‘Operation Bajrang’ against the militant group in the Army in 1990.
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