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Assam Rifles JCO sustains bullet injury as suspected militants open fire

“One JCO sustained a minor injury in his hand,” the Defence PRO said while adding that “enhanced surveillance” by the troops will continue in the area.

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Itanagar: A junior commissioned officer (JCO) of Assam Rifles on Tuesday sustained a bullet injury when suspected militants from across the international border opened fire on the troops of the paramilitary force in southern Arunachal Pradesh, a Defence spokesperson said.

The incident took place along the Indo-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap-Changlang area when the AR troops were on patrolling duty in view of the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations.

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“Incident of firing on Assam Rifles troops by militant groups from across the Indo-Myanmar border took place early morning today in the general area of Tirap-Changlang,” Tezpur (Assam)-based Defence PRO Lt Col A S Walia said.

The Assam Rifles troops were undertaking enhanced patrolling activities in view of heightened vigil for the forthcoming Independence Day, he said.

“One JCO sustained a minor injury in his hand,” the Defence PRO said while adding that “enhanced surveillance” by the troops will continue in the area.

Though no militant group has claimed responsibility for the firing incident so far, members of the proscribed NSCN (K-YA) are suspected to have been involved in it, he said.

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