Avenging Indian army crosses border, kills 12 militants


New Delhi: Seeking vengeance for the fallen comrades in Manipur ambush, the Indian Army on Tuesday conducted a cross-border revenge attack on militant hideouts in Myanmar and killed at least a dozen militants.

Twenty Indian army jawans have been gunned down by NSCN (K) militants at Chandel district of Manipur last week.

Reports said the strike was done in coordination with the Myanmar regime after the clearance to conduct the surgical strikes were given at the highest level in the government. “Any threat to safety, security and national integrity will meet with a similar response,” an Army spokesman said.

Reports earlier this week also said India had given Myanmar phone intercepts and location details of at least two officials from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who were reportedly in touch with the top leadership of insurgent group, NSCN-Khaplang, suspected to be behind the killing.

Army sources in the Eastern Command had said the ambush was carried out by 15 members of the Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), a Meitei outfit formed in 1994. The KYKL is closely aligned to the NSCN-K that broke off a 14-year ceasefire with the government this April.