India has launched a shoot-to-kill operation in its northeastern region to find the militants who killed 20 soldiers and wounded a dozen others, officials said according to VOA.
Reports say the militants ambushed an army troop convoy in Manipur state on Thursday using rocket-propelled grenades and bombs.
Several rebel groups have reportedly claimed responsibility for the assault, which the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called "mindless" and "very distressing."
"It is a very sad thing and we sympathize with them and the whole country is with them. But they are brave people who have sacrificed themselves for the country," said Ajit Doval, India's National Security Advisor.