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Army jawan killed in ULFA-I attack

ITANAGAR: An army jawan died when suspected ULFA-I rebels exploded a powerful bomb in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday.

The rebel attack took place in the morning near Namsai bordering Tinsukia ditrict in Assam when the army troop on patrolling duty in the run up to the Republic Day was travelling on two vehicles.  

As the two vehilces reached the area the powerful IED planted on the middle of the National Highway exploded leaving the jawan dead. Others escaped by a hair's breath. But the vehicles caght fire seconds after the explosion. 

The security forces found hardly any clue to retaliate with firing. Top ranked army, police and civil officials reached the spot and launched a massive operation in search of the rebels who attacked the army troop. A huge area was cordoned off i search of the rebels. But there no clue.   

Two dreaded ULFA-I groups led by Dristri Rajkhowa and Rupom Asom are learnt to have been planning a massive attack on the security forces in the run up to the Republic Day.

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