Two militants were killed and some powerful weapons and explosives recovered during a gunfight with a joint team of Meghalaya Police and Army in the state's East Garo Hills district early today.
Acting on a tip-off that a group of militants of the Garo National Liberation Army and NDFB were taking shelter at a Garo basti near Mendipathar, the security forces launched a manhunt last evening, police said.
A heavy exchange of fire was reported in the wee hours today between the forces and the militants who were in an abandoned house at Garisimrang village, close to the Assam border.
Two unidentified militants were killed, while two or three others who were also in the house managed to escape. One AK47 rifle with two loaded magazines, one 9mm magazine, one hand grenade, one IED, two wireless sets and two mobile phone were found from the house. Police were trying to confirm the identity of the slain rebels who could be from the either of the tribal rebel groups.
A senior police official said there were more cadres in the house but a group had moved out before the operation started.