GUWAHATI: At least four jawans of the 40th Assam Rifles were martyred and six injured in an ambush laid by suspected NSCN (Khaplang) terrorists at Aboi in Mon district of Nagaland near Indo-Myanmar border.

A defence source said that two fatal casualties on the Assam Rifle side have been confirmed while two of the six injured Jawans are in a critical state. The injured Jawans have been airlifted on an Army chopper to Jorhat in Assam for medical aid.

Mon district superintendent of police Vechipa Vise, “There are reports of an encounter that took place around 2.30pm. The Khaplang faction is suspected to be behind the attack on Assam Rifles.”

The Jawans were collecting water when they were attacked by terrorists who were in hiding. This is the second time that Assam Rifles Jawans have been targeted in the state in this manner.

In May 2015, eight jawans of the 23rd Assam Rifles were killed and six others injured in an ambush by NSCN (K) militants in Mon district of Nagaland near Changlangsu.

The NSCN (K), which is based in Myanmar, pulled out of a 15-year-old ceasefire agreement with the Centre three years back.