Today, we will focus on Southwest Asia, primarily on India. This will be a two-day update, due to unfortunate circumstances.
(Jan. 7 - 9)
*Communist guerillas staged sabotage attacks in Chhattisgarh and Odisha, near the top of the Bay of Bengal, burning equipment and vehicles, while Indian securitty forces traded gunfire with Maoist guerillas in the Kurunga Forest, near the Khunti District of Jharkhand, capturing a large bomb factory in the aftermath.
*Meanwhile, in Assam, northeast of Bangladesh, nine people were injured in an IED attack on a market in Williamnagar, in the East Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. Although authorities suspected the Garo National Liberation Army in the attack, responsibility was claimed by the Achik Matgrik Army (AMA), who stated that the attack was over the sale of liquor and cigarettes to minors.
*Finally, in nearby Imphal, Manipur, on Jan. 8 local citizens rallied to strongly protest the Jan. 7 grenade attack on the home of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Professor Dr Chanam Manglem. Security forces from the Assam Rifles and the Bihar Regiment recovered some ammunition and equipment during a sweep later on the 7th, gear which may have belonged to the Kuki National Front (KNF-N), although it is unclear if the KNF-N was responsible for the grenade attack on Professor Manglem.
(Jan. 10 - 11)
*In what appears to be a coordinated offensive to undermine the Indian economy, nearly twenty people have been arrested in four separate incidents, in West Champaran and in Gaya, in the state of Bihar, and in Kolkata, West Bengal, on the border with Bangladesh, and in the Medak District of Telengana, in southern India. The individuals were arrested with significant amounts of counterfeit currency. Investigations are underway to determine the source of the fake bills.
*Police in Williamnagar, Meghalaya, confirmed that the IED blast in the East Garo Hills District on January 9th, was the handiwork of a United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadre bomb maker, known by the nom de guerre 'Arpai', working with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), despite GNLA denials. This cooperation is believed to be the result of talks between the two groups in their basecamps in Bangladesh.
*Two Pakistani Coast Guard personnel were killed and three were wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine in the Khaldan area, near the port of Gwadar, on January 9.
*Further north, in the provincial capitol of Quetta, near the passes to Afghanistan, Pakistani Security Forces arrested twenty-five people in dawn raids on the 9th.
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