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21 oct. 2020 | 23h17 UTC

India: Security forces clash with Naga militants in Arunachal Pradesh state October 21

India Alerte de sécurité

Security forces clash with Naga militants during an operation in Tirap district (Arunachal Pradesh state) on October 21; further security operations possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 21/10/2020, 12h00 until 22/10/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Calcutta). COUNTRY/REGION Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh state


At least one Assam Rifles soldier was killed and one other injured by suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) militants, known as NSCN-IM, during an ambush in Arunachal Pradesh state on Wednesday evening, October 21. The incident occurred when security forces were conducting a cordon and search operation near Saniliam village in the Tirap district, and militants opened fire on a patrol. 

Further security operations are likely in the area in the near term.


Naga groups have sought a sovereign ethnic homeland in Nagaland and Naga-inhabited areas, including Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Myanmar since the 1950s. The Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM has been in a ceasefire with the Indian government since signing a peace treaty in 1997, and the Indian central government has been in renewed peace talks with Naga-right groups since 2015. However, the peace talks stalled in October 2019 amid demands from the NSCN-IM that the Naga people be accorded a separate constitution and flag. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hampered recent attempts to resume talks.


Those in the abovementioned area are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions, and obey all instructions issued by local authorities.


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