While speaking to the media, Sonowal said,''I strongly condemn this attack and the perpetrators will be punished''. He also directed officials to go to Tinsukia immediately.
The incident took place at around 5.30 am, in the Pengeri area, Defence public relations officer Lt. Col. Suneet Newton said. Three army jawans lost their lives and at least four others were injured in an encounter between security forces and suspected ULFA terrorists in Pengri.
According to reports, the soldiers were travelling in an Army vehicle when an IED explosion took place.
The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) is a separatist outfit in Assam. It was banned by the Indian government in 1990.