Two suspected militants and two Assam Rifles personnel were killed, and three others injured on Sunday after an attack near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, PTI reported. Security personnel fired back after the attackers threw grenades at the vehicle. The incident took place at Jagun 12th Mile Barabasti on NH-53 bordering Tinsukia district.
The Assam Rifles vehicle was escorting three other vehicles with tourists attending the Pangsau festival. All the vehicles have been damaged, a spokesperson said. The incident has left other tourists stranded on the highway in Changlang. The Pangsau Festival is held along the Indo-Myanmar border.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu condemned the ambush and expressed grief for the bereaved families. “The people of the North-East and particularly Arunachal Pradesh will always remember the ultimate sacrifice of these brave personnel - the “Friends of the Hill People”, Khandu said according to PTI. Khandu also announced compensation to the family of the deceased personnel.