Burma and India step up fight against Naga rebels


Imphal, May 08: Burmese and Indian armies have started using armored helicopters against National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang rebels in Burma.

The move marks a stepping up of a new campaign against the NSCN-K, a rebel group fighting for greater independence from India and Burma believed to have several camps in Burma’s Sagaing Division. The Burmese and Indian armies launched massive joint operations against the group last week resulting in heavy casualties.

Reports have said both Burmese troops and Naga rebels have been killed with some placing the death toll at 50.Sources in India’s Ministry of Defense told sections of media that amour helicopter fire has caused serious injuries among rebels hiding in Burma’s dense jungles. The latest campaign against the rebels ended four months of silence from the armies after troops targeted rebel camps in areas adjoining the Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh in India’s Northeast. Hornbill Express, Senapati

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