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Indian Army Strikes Naga Terror Outfit Hideouts On India-Myanmar Border

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| September 27 , 2017 , 15:32 IST

The Indian Army in an early morning operation on Wednesday targeted hideouts of the NSCN-Khaplang terror group in Nagaland along the India-Myanmar border, without crossing the international line. The operation was conducted by special forces and troops of the Assam Rifles.

A firefight ensued between the armed forces and NSCN-K members around 4:45 AM on Wednesday resulting in heavy casualties for the NSCN-K, however, the Indian commandos exited safely from the operation zone and the Indian forces suffered no losses.

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Confirming the strike, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that the government had taken the bold step to target militant camps.

"It is undoubtedly a message to all nations that harbour any intentions - be it the west or the specific country we went into right now. Even if there are groups within countries that harbour terror intentions, we will choose the time and the place of hitting them," he said to NDTV.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Command has issued a statement on the incident, detailing that the Indian Army was fired upon by unidentified insurgents to which the Indian forces reacted swiftly with retaliatory fire.

View the Eastern Command's statement on the incident below:

Previously in June 2015, the Indian Army had targeted Naga terror camps across the Myanmar border 6 days after NSCN(K) militants ambushed a convoy in Manipur's Chandel district killing 18 soldiers.

Dozens of insurgent groups are based in the mountainous northeast areas of the nation, bordering China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.