At least five NSCN-IM cadres were reportedly killed and several injured when they exchanged gunfire with NSCN(K) rebels at Old Chalkot village in Nagaland's Peren district.
In a release issued in Kohima on Thursday the NSCN(K) accused the rival faction of launching the attack on Wednesday on their camp located at Old Chalkot.
"We beat back the attackers, killing five cadres and injuring others in the 10-hour long gunbattle," the release claimed.
It also claimed that the NSCN(K) seized a sniper rifle and M21 weapons from the slain cadres.
The bodies were first taken to Jalukie police station where the NSCN-IM rebels prayed for the deceased. The bodies were then taken to CFMC (Cease-fire Monitoring Cell) office of NSCN-IM at Dimapur.