Condemning the killing of eight of its cadres in Arunachal Pradesh by the army, the ULFA on Wednesday said such acts would not help solve the insurgency in Assam and asked the security forces to refrain from "such barbaric acts".
In an e-mail to media in Guwahati, the banned group's military spokesman Raju Baruah said the "brutal attack on unarmed ULFA cadres including women was condemnable as there can be no military solution to the ULFA issue".
The group claimed that only two of the slain cadres were armed and they were guiding the other six, including two women. The cadres were in a house in the forests at Tekelipam near Lathao in Arunachal Pradesh's Lohit district bordering Tinsukia in Assam when the army attacked "using helicopters".
The six unarmed rebels were handcuffed and tortured before beign killed, the ULFA claimed. It also hailed the slain cadres as "heroes".
The killings, it claimed, were an attempt to spoil the atmosphere for talks for a political solution to the insurgency in Assam and to divert attention from the fast launched by wives of six ULFA cadres reportedly missing since a military operation by Bhutan against the group in 2003.