At least eight militants were killed in a gunfight with government forces in Assam’s West Karbi Anglong district, along the Nagaland border,
The militants belonged to Eight Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA), Indian Express quoting a senior police officer reported.
Earlier, he had claimed six died in the exchange of fire, as the bodies of two others were yet to be recovered.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of police officers and Assam Rifles personnel launched an operation, led by West Karbi Anglong Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Prakash Sonowal.
Six bodies were initially recovered, and two others, suspected to be that of the outfit’s top leaders, were spotted later in the day during combing operations in the remote region, along the interstate border
Four AK-47 rifles and several rounds of ammunition were found in the possession of the slain militants, the senior officer pointed out.
Search operations had been underway in the district since last week after a priest was killed in Daujiphang area,he said, adding that more details are awaited about the encounter.