Myanmar rebel base destroyed: India

Associated Press

Guwahati, June 25:

Indian security forces raided and destroyed a Myanmar rebel base in remote northeastern India as part of ongoing efforts to end cross-border terrorism, police said today. Some 200 ethnic Chin rebels fled their hideout in Mizoram before the troops arrived in the June 17-23 operation, police said. “Our commandos smashed a major base of the Chin National Army near the village of Mohre, close to the border with Myanmar,” Mizoram police chief Lalngheta Sailo said by telephone from Aizawl. “We cannot allow any foreign militant group to operate from our territory,” Sailo said. The Chin camp was about six kilometres from the Myanmar border, Sailo said. He said rebels had been extorting money from villagers and left their weapons behind when they fled.