In a renewed turf war between the NSCN factions, three NSCN (K) activists were killed when the rival NSCN (I-M) attacked a house reported to be the transit camp of NSCN (K) at Lower Agri colony, Kohima, in the wee hours of Friday.
According to police sources, the NSCN (I-M) activists attacked the rival camp around 12.55 a.m, and intermittent firing continued till 1.45 a.m. Police said one hand grenade also exploded inside the house.
The bodies of the three NSCN (K) activists killed in the attack were identified as ‘Lt’ Toshika (28), son of Vikhe of Tuzuhumi village, Zunheboto district, ‘Lt.’ Njonga Rengma (35), son of Logvusen of Rumisinyu village, and ‘Sgt Maj’ Mughapu (26), son of Vikhei of Satoi village, Zunheboto district.
Police also recovered 108 empty cases of AK 47, 42 empty cases of 9 mm pistol and the safety pin of a grenade from the site.
Police suspected that some NSCN (K) activists might have escaped under cover of darkness.
Meanwhile, condoling the death of the three NSCN (K) activists, the publicity cell of ‘GPRN/NSCN’ in a press release said the incident was a stark reminder to the Nagas that enemies were never willing to reconcile either with themselves or with the Nagas.
“GPRN deeply mourns the death of the slain comrades. The great vision they held shall never be blurred. The living shall cherish their memory and thousands would rise in their place to protect and defend the Nagas,” the release added.