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LAEF chief killed
Correspondent WILLIAMNAGAR, DEC 2:
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Published on 2 Dec. 2010 10:56 PM IST
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Top rebel leader of the Liberation Achik Elite Force (LAEF), a separatist rebel group operating in western part of Meghalaya was killed Thursday in a fierce gunbattle with security forces, police official said.
Nikseng G Momin, the LAEF chief and his close-aide Rakbat A Sangma, were killed in a gunfight at Darugiri forest at 3 am in East Garo Hills district, Sylvester Nongtyngner, district police chief said. However, two rebels escaped into the forest, taking advantage of the darkness following the encounter.
A Chinese and Italian made pistols with two rounds of live ammunition, hand grenade and incriminating documents were seized from the slain rebels at the encounter site, Nongtyngner said. Nongtyngner further said the encounter started after the LAEF rebels hurled a grenade at security forces in order to evade arrest. The grenade however failed to explode.
“It is (Nickson death) the biggest blow to the LAEF and today we have rooted up this group from their root,” said Nongtyngner.
Nickson was suspected to be involved in killing of police personnel in West Khasi Hills district, as well as in kidnapping and extortion in coal mines areas in South and East Garo Hills and West Khasi Hills districts.
The LAEF, which operates mainly in Garo Hills region and part of West Khasi Hills districrt areas had been fighting for an independent separate “Achik State” for the tribal Garo. The outfit maintains a close-links with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN I-M). In the recent past, the Naga rebel group which now engaged in peace talks with the Indian government had provided the LAEF with as many as 15 AK-47s, 25 automatic M20 pistols and three highly powerful Universal Machine Guns besides over a hundred hand grenades.

 
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