At least 13 civilians were killed by army bullets in India’s Nagaland state | News

Protests after soldiers opened fire on villagers they thought were “militants” in a remote area of ​​northeastern India.

Protesters torched military vehicles after more than a dozen villagers were shot dead by soldiers who believed the villagers were “militants” in the Indian state of Nagaland.

Indian security forces opened fire on civilians late on Saturday in a remote area of ​​northeastern India on the border with Myanmar, according to local media reports.

“The situation in the entire Mon area is very tense at the moment. We have 13 confirmed deaths including one worker from outside Nagaland state,” Nagaland Police Officer Sandeep Tamgadge said.

Chief Minister of Nagaland, Nevio Rio, told Reuters news agency that an investigation would be conducted and the guilty parties in the incident would be punished, which he attributed to the intelligence failure.

“The unfortunate incident that led to the deaths of civilians in Otting is deeply condemned,” he wrote on Twitter.

A senior police official based in Nagaland said the incident took place in and around Oteng village in Mon district during a counter-insurgency operation carried out by personnel of the Assam Rifles, which is part of the deployment of Indian security forces in the state.

The shooting began when a truck carrying 30 or more coal miners was passing the Assam Rifles Camp area, officials told Reuters and the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

“The soldiers had intelligence about some militants’ movements in the area and when they saw the truck they mistakenly thought that the miners were rebels and opened fire, killing six workers,” the senior police official told Reuters.

After the news of the shooting spread in the village, hundreds of clansmen surrounded the camp. They burned Assam rifle chariots and clashed with soldiers using primitive weapons.

Members of the Assam Rifles responded, and in the second attack eight other civilians and one security personnel were among the dead, according to the official.

Government forces are fighting dozens of ethnicities armed groups In the remote northeastern region of India whose demands range from independent homelands to maximum autonomy within India.

The locals in Nagaland often accused the troops of wrongly targeting the innocent population in counter-insurgency operations against the rebel groups.

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Andrew Naughtie

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