Gunfight as Garo rebels ambush police team

September 27th, 2011 - 11:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Shillong, Sep 27 (IANS) A fierce gun-battle ensued in Meghalaya’s restive South Garo Hills district Tuesday after Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels ambushed a police team. No casualty was reported, police said.

The gun-battle, which lasted for nearly an hour, began when armed GNLA rebels fired several shots at the police team travelling near Rajaronggat village.

“There was heavy firing from both sides after the GNLA rebels ambushed at our police team on returning from a village after making case inquiry. There is no casualty on our side,” Mukesh Kumar Singh, the district police chief, told IANS.

Police, however, recovered an unexploded improvised explosive device (IED) from near the site of the gun-battle.

Singh said the rebels fled from the scene after police returned the fire.

The GNLA, one of the five Garo rebel groups, is fighting for a sovereign Garoland. It is headed by police officer-turned-outlaw Champion R. Sangma.

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