Guwahati, Dec 23: In a major attack nearly 34 persons have been killed following an attack by the NDFB(S) militants at Kokrajhar and Sonitpur.
The militants attacked the Adivasis in four different locations and the police say that the death toll is likely to rise. [Assam attack: Major crackdown underway]
The police and the intelligence have confirmed that there was specific intelligence regarding this attack. This was in retaliation to the killing of three militants of the group last week.
Intelligence reports had suggested that there would be an attack in retaliation to the militant killings. In addition to this there was an operation on against the militants for the past 30 days in which several were killed.
Security not in the right place
The attack suggests that the militants who originally proposed to target Muslim dominated villages changed their plan at the last minute. They went after the Adivasis instead.
The reason was there was not enough security in the Adivasi settlements and the militants targeted these areas.
The attack was extremely brutal in nature. The Assam DGP Khagen Sarma informed oneindia that it took place at 6.30 PM. The militants were armed with sophisticated weapons such as AK47 rifles.
The attack was most brutal in the Pabhoi area bordering Arunachal Pradesh. Women and children were also found dead the DGP informed.