Assam: 3 soldiers killed in encounter between army, suspected ULFA terrorists in Tinsukia

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 19 November 2016, 11:56 IST
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On 19 November, three army men were killed and four others were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast planted by suspected ULFA terrorists on Saturday morning at Digboi in Assam's Tinsukia district.

The injured soldiers was shifted to a military hospital, said army sources.

"Three soldiers were killed and another was injured in the explosion," a Defence spokesperson said, according to PTI.

After the incident that took place at 7 a.m., the army launched a combing operation to nab the terrorists, said sources, adding that the search operation is still on.

Earlier, Director General of Assam Police Mukesh Sahay told ANI that the army cordoned off the jungle in Pengri and launched an encounter.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed sorrow over the deaths of soldiers and tweeted, "Deeply anguished to learn of the death of Army soldiers in a blast in Tinsukia. I pray for the speedy recovery of our injured soldiers."

In another tweet, he said, "spoke to Assam CM Sh. Sonowal who apprised me of the situation in the wake of blast in Tinsukia. MHA is closely monitoring the situation ."

-With inputs from agencies

First published: 19 November 2016, 9:29 IST