Assam: ULFA militant killed in encounter

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:03 hrs

Guwahati: A hardcore cadre of anti-talk faction group of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was killed and two army personnel were injured during a gun fight with security forces in Assam's Goalpara district along the Meghalaya border on Monday night, police said on Tuesday.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of army and police launched a search operation at Khardang area under Krishnai police station in the district along the Meghalaya border.

"We had information that a militant group is hiding in the area and so we launched the operation," a police official of Goalpara district said.

"When the troops reached the area, the militant group started firing and forced us to exchange bullets," said the official.

During the gun battle, a militant was killed on the spot and two army personnel were injured.

"The other members of the group managed to flee from the encounter site with the help of darkness," the police official said.

The deceased militant was identified as Niyor Asom.

Security forces recovered one pistol, three magazines, five rounds of live ammunition from the possession of the slain militant.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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