India honours ‘surgical strike’ commandoes

India has bestowed military honours on eight of the commandoes who took part in a raid on militant camps in Myanmar in June, media reports said last week.

They included the lieutenant colonel who led the 21 Para Regiment on the cross-border raid, The Hindu newspaper reported.

The awards for gallantry were among 67 honouring military personnel to mark Independence Day on August 15.

The “daring” cross-border raid targeting camps in Sagaing Region used by militants who operate in northeastern Indian was praised by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in an Independence Day speech to the armed forces, The Hindu said.

“I compliment the Special Forces for undertaking this surgical strike smoothly and without any casualties,” he was quoted as saying.

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India and Myanmar agreed at talks in New Delhi the following month to strengthen defence and security operation and to fight “terrorism and insurgent activity in all its forms and manifestations,” the Times of India reported on July 16.

The agreement was reached at talks between Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Myanmar counterpart, U Wunna Maung Lwin.

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