Guwahati, Oct 5 :
The army gunned down two armed militants and foiled an attempt by the rebels to abduct a government servant in Assam Sunday.
An army statement said that while one of the slain cadres belongs to the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), the other was from the Meghalaya-based militant outfit Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).
The incident took place at Balaikhawar village of Goalpara district.
The statement said a joint team of the army and the Goalpara police launched an operation in the area late Saturday night following a tip-off that militants might try to kidnap a government employee.
The statement said: “The army troops deployed themselves in adjacent jungle along the approach route. The jawans first asked the militants to surrender but the latter fired, forcing the army to retaliate. In the gun battle that followed, two militants were killed.”
Two 7.65 mm pistols, live rounds and three hand grenades were recovered from the slain militants.