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Militants kill 2 BSF jawans in Meghalaya

November 08, 2013 16:13 IST

Militants on Friday shot dead two BSF personnel at a remote border outpost along Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya's South West Khasi Hills district.

Heavily-armed militants raided Ketakona Border Outpost in Bagli area, nearly 140 km from Shillong in Borsora police station at around 10.30 am, killing two border personnel on the spot, the police said.

The attack came close on the heels of militants attacking a police vehicle in neighbouring South Garo Hills district on Tuesday killing five policemen.

Meanwhile, the BSF, which is manning the Indo-Bangladesh border in the state, stated that a huge arms consignment was seized last night in South Garo Hills.

A 9 mm carbine machine, one 7.65 mm Italian-make Barreta pistol, one China-make 7.65 mm pistol, all with ammunition, wireless set with signal booster, two mobile phones, sports shoes and other items were seized from the Angratoli reserve forest in the district, a BSF spokesperson said.

While no one was arrested in last night’s midnight operation, the BSF said the arms were meant for tribal militants operating in the state.

Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is still unfenced and hence porous coupled with bad terrain areas which are difficult to man.

These unfenced pockets are the prime areas for infiltrators in the form of illegal immigrants, smugglers and many a times militants. 

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