Arunachal Pradesh MLA killed by NSCN militants

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Arunachal Pradesh MLA killed by NSCN militants
Arunachal Pradesh MLA killed by NSCN militants

New Delhi : At least 11 people, including the National People's Party (NPP) legislator, have been reportedly killed by the militants in the Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.

According to the police, the attack happened at 11:30 am at Bogapani, nearly 25 km from district headquarters Khonsa in south-eastern Arunachal Pradesh when the convoy of MLA Tirong Aboh.

Going by the initial reports, the attack is believed to be carried out by suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) militants.

The deceased MLA was also the NPP candidate for the Khonsa West assembly seat. Polling for 60 assembly seats along with the two Lok Sabha seats in the state took place on April 11.

"We still don't have all the details of the incident. It took place around 11:30 am at Bogapani. Senior officers are at the spot," said an official at the Tiral police superintendent's office.

Seven other family members of the legislator are also believed to have been killed in the attack.

"The NPP is extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the death of its MLA Shri Tirong Aboh and his family," NPP president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted.

"Extremely shocked by unfortunate incident of killing of Khonsa MLA Tirong Aboh along with several others by insurgents. Action will be initiated to hunt down the perpetrators," Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted.