In an extremely unfortunate incident, an army officer was martyred during an encounter with a band of militants. Three militants were also killed in the encounter in Nagaland, the force said on Wednesday. The encounter which took place on Tuesday night at Tijit near Lappa of Mon district, nearly 340 km north of the State capital Kohima also left three soldiers injured. The officer killed in the encounter was identified as David Manlun. Unconfirmed reports said a civilian was also killed but the army refused to confirm. The militants were believed to be from the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) and the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent).
‘The incident took place around 10pm. Based on information about movement of terrorists, the officer and his team went to the area when they were ambushed and an encounter ensued,’ defence spokesperson Col Chiranjeet Konwer told mediapersons. ‘The encounter is over and combing operations are underway,’ Konwer said. Operatives from the NSCN-K have carried out in several attacks on security forces in the past. Suspected rebels from the group ambushed and killed eight Assam Rifles jawans close to the Myanmar border in Nagaland’s Mon district two years ago.