Indian Troops Shot and Kill 13 Civilians in Nagaland

Fresh violence erupted on Sunday, killing one more person after a crowd of angry demonstrators marched to a security forces camp in Mon town and started damaging and burning buildings to protest the killing of several civilians in the northeastern state a day earlier.

On Saturday afternoon, security forces fired at a truck carrying coal-mine workers, mistaken for “militants,” killing six people.

Seven more civilians died after residents clashed with the security forces later on Saturday evening.

“The incident and its aftermath are deeply regretted. The cause of the unfortunate loss of lives is being investigated at the highest level, and appropriate action will be taken, as per the course of law,” the army said in a statement, The Hindu reported.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said he was “anguished” by the ambush blunder and promised to use a high-level special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the incident.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio also condemned the incident.

Politicians in Nagaland fear that the attack could hamper the continuing peace talks between the Naga armed groups and the government.

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