Six militants killed in Assam gunbattles

June 11th, 2008 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, June 10 (IANS) At least six separatist rebels were killed Tuesday in separate gun battles with security forces in Assam. A police spokesman said three militants belonging to the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were gunned down in heavy fighting late Tuesday in village Borbam in Dibrugarh district, about 500 km east of Assam’s main city of Guwahati.

“Fierce fighting is still continuing between army soldiers and a group of heavily armed ULFA militants. Three rebels have been killed so far in the encounter and there could be more casualties,” said police official A. Das.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties suffered by the army.

“The encounter is continuing for the past four hours with both sides resorting to heavy gun fire,” the official said.

Earlier in the day, two ULFA rebels were killed in an encounter with security forces in the western Baksa district, about 120 km from Guwahati.

“A woman ULFA cadre was nabbed during the encounter, besides security forces seizing a large cache of weapons from the killed militants,” the police official said.

In yet another incident Tuesday, an ULFA militant was killed in the eastern Sivasagar district in an encounter with army soldiers.

The ULFA is fighting for an independent Assamese homeland since 1979 with the outfit now operating out of bases in Myanmar to carry out their hit-and-run guerrilla strikes on security forces in Assam.

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