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UALA rebel flees with 2 AKs, cops recover weapons

TURA: A senior militant from the Norrok Momin-led United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) outfit has fled with two AK rifles from a camp even as police have recovered a pair of weapons believed to be the same.
Lance Corporal of UALA Stone Areng alias Mikdot Arengh fled from the camp of the outfit near Williamnagar in East Garo Hills at around 2:30 in the morning on May 22nd while the rest of the group was asleep.
The outfit’s leaders informed police that the deserter had accompanied the top leaders of the group, including Commander-in-Chief Singbirth Momin alias Norrok X Momin but fled when the leaders were resting.
The UALA is currently holding peace talks with the Meghalaya Government to end its violent path.
The militant fled with two AK 56 rifles and 60 rounds of ammunition.
However, Williamnagar police were tipped off about a cache of weapons stashed in a house in Timbo Ading locality of the town, the next day.
A search of the area was undertaken by police team on Saturday and two AK 56 rifles were recovered from one of the houses.
Williamnagar police believe the recovered weapons were those stolen from the UALA camp. The whereabouts of the deserter militant however remains unknown.
UNI adds from Guwahati: Five GNLA terrorists were apprehended in a joint operation by the Army and Assam Police from Hatogaon in western Assam’s Goalpara district on Monday. The terrorists were traveling in a car towards Rongsai when they were arrested, a defence release said here on Tuesday.
The terrorists were identified as Galet Ch Momin alias Arnet Ch Momin, Tenrik Marak, Paulush Marak, Pitin Sangma and Mithak Sangma. Two factory made 7.65mm pistols, three country made 9mm pistols, some ammunition and other war like stores were recovered from them.

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