The militants, who planted an improvised explosive device in a bunker in Gaden village, Umling, were Maoist militants from Beldangi refugee camp in Jhapa, Nepal, according to the royal Bhutan army (RBA). The device, which exploded at around 6:40 am on October 12, injured two RBA soldiers.
The RBA has identified the two militants as Nirpa Raj Rai and Bhim Raj Subedi. They were assisted by Rajeev Boro, a NDFB militant of Rangjihora, Bogaigaon, Assam, according to a press release from the RBA. The Gelephu police have requested the SSB and the Assam police to apprehend the militants, who had entered their territory after the incident.
According to RBA, the militants had planted the explosive device at night. The villagers saw some men running towards the border after the explosion. The militants took away two riffles carried by the soldiers.
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