FA militants, including an expert in making IEDs, were apprehended with arms and ammunition in Assam's Baksa district during the past three days, a top army officer said on Friday.
Brigadier Gyan Bhushan, general officer commanding of 21 Mountain Division, told reporters in Nalbari that defence personnel nabbed five ULFA rebels during a massive "thrust operation" in Murkuchiapara village on Thursday night.
They included improvised explosive devise (IED) expert Monu Das, a close associate of dreaded ULFA commander Hira Sarania who heads the banned group's operations in lower Assam.
The troops seized two foreign-made pistols, a revolver with 12 rounds of ammunition, 32 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, seven kg of explosives, four detonators, three Chinese grenades, wires for four programmable timer devises and a diary with extortion details from the five men, Bhushan said.
On Monday, another cadre was nabbed and a satellite phone, a SIM card of Asia Cellular Satellite Company, two phone batteries, two 12 bore single barrel rifles, a Chinese grenade, an ULFA rubber seal in Assamese and some extorion demand notes were recovered from him, he said.
Bhushan said public cooperation was instrumental in the army's success against the ULFA.
Responding to queries, he denied that the ULFA was regrouping after facing reverses during the operations against it in Bhutan in 2003.