Update: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and took stock of the situation in the wake of ambush by militants in which three army personnel were killed and a few others injured. During the 10-minute telephonic conversation, Sonowal briefed the Union Home Minister about the militant attack, the situation arising of the incident and the steps taken to nab the culprits.
“I am deeply anguished by the death of army soldiers in an attack in Tinsukia and pray for speedy recovery of the injured. We are monitoring the situation,” Rajnath Singh said.
Update: Death toll of Army jawans rises to 3 after an IED blast and a ongoing encounter with ULFA terrorists in Assam’s Tinsukia, reports news agency ANI.
Guwahati: One soldier was killed and three others were injured after suspected militants fired at an army convoy in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Saturday, defence officials said.
The incident took place at around 5.30 a.m., in the Pengeri area, Defence public relations officer Lt. Col. Suneet Newton said.
“They (the militants) had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) on the road. When the IED exploded, the convoy stopped. Then the militants fired indiscriminately,” Newton said, adding that although the forces retaliated, four soldiers were injured of which one succumbed in the hospital.
Locals said that the militants had fired upon the vehicle from both side of the road, which are forested areas.
On Wednesday, militants attacked a van of the Pengeri tea estate killing one person and injuring two others.