Suspected Naga militants ambushed an army convoy in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday morning, killing three jawans and injuring three others.
A defence spokesperson said the convoy of four vehicles was ambushed around Topi near Khonsa. The convoy was moving from the army’s base at Dinjan in eastern Assam to Longding in Arunachal Pradesh.
"The militants opened fire indiscriminately killing three jawans on the spot and injuring three others. The injured were shifted to a base hospital," he said.
Both the Khaplang and Isak-Muivah factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland are in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts bordering Myanmar. The army suspects the NSCN-K had carried out the ambush though the NSCN-IM is not beyond suspicion.
The NSCN-IM had declared ceasefire in 1997 and the NSCN-K followed suit in 2001. But the ambit of the ceasefire is within the geographical boundary of Nagaland.
The two NSCN factions have a degree of control over the Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts, strategic for movement of rebels to and from camps in Myanmar. They have been fighting each other besides the armed forces in these districts.