At least two armed suspected militants were on Sunday killed in a gun battle with security forces in Meghalaya's North Garo Hills district.
Acting on intelligence inputs given by the armed men in the area, a special police team and troops from Assam's 19 Dogra regiment raided the hideouts at Rari last night, district SP Ramesh Singh said.
At around 4:40am on Sunday, the militants opened indiscriminate fire after spotting the security forces, with two killed militants killed in the retaliatory attack, he said.
Their identity is yet to be established, but it is suspected that they belong to the A'chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF), he said.
A 9mm pistol with two live rounds, two empty cases, a 7.65mm pistol with three live rounds, a mobile phone, three SIM cards and an airbag containing medicines and clothes were recovered from the slain militants, he said.
AMEF leader Jack Marak was gunned down earlier in May this year.