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Suspected militants on Friday gunned down two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at an India-Bangladesh border outpost in Meghalaya’s South West Khasi Hills district, taking the death toll to 14 in the restive north-east over the past six days.
The ambush comes less than 72 hours after suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) members shot dead five police officials on Tuesday in the state’s South Garo Hills district.
Heavily-armed militants raided Ketakona Border Outpost in the Bagli area around 10:30am and killed two jawans in the fresh assault, the police said.
The BSF seized a huge arms consignment on Thursday night in South Garo Hills.
A 9-mm carbine, one 7.65mm Italian-made Barreta pistol, one China-made 7.65mm pistol, ammunition, a wireless set with signal booster, two mobile phones and sports shoes, among other items, were seized from the Angratoli Reserved Forest in the district, a BSF spokesperson said.
There were no arrests during the Thursday night operations. The BSF said the arms were meant for tribal militants. Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is still unfenced and hence porous.
Friday’s incident is the third major attack reported in the region.
Earlier on Sunday night, suspected GNLA rebels had struck in Goalpara district of Assam, which borders Meghalaya’s Garo Hills.
The attack claimed seven lives and was linked to the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (in Assam) elections scheduled in three phases between November 13 and 25.
All the victims were Rabha tribals for whom the council was created in 1995. Garo tribals, who have a sizeable presence in the Rabha council areas, and other non-Rabhas are opposed to the polls.