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7 militants killed in India's restive northeastern state of Assam

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Guwahati, India, Sept 26, IRNA


Seven terrorists were killed and a large haul of weapons and explosives, including RDX, were made during an encounter with army soldiers Friday in India's restive northeastern state of Assam, officials said.

An army official said the encounter took place before dawn Friday near village Basbari in Dhubri district, about 270 km west of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"Based on hard intelligence that there was some movement of terrorists, an army column laid an ambush. The terrorists challenged the soldiers and soon there was a firefight in which seven of them were killed," Col Rajesh Kalia, a defence spokesperson, said.

The army official said the identity of the terrorists was not immediately known.

A large haul of small arms, including six revolvers, about two kilograms of RDX, grenades, gelatine sticks, and wireless sets, were recovered from the dead terrorists.

"Bangladeshi currency notes and cigarette packets made in Bangladesh were recovered from the dead terrorists and we are looking at all aspects, including possibilities of those killed being members of any terror operatives from Bangladesh," a senior police officials said.

Dhubri district of Assam borders Bangladesh with militants and Islamist terror operatives known to enter India from the adjoining country taking advantage of the unfenced border and also through the river route in small boats.

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