Aizawl, Feb 15 (PTI) The Assam Rifles have defused landmines allegedly planted by Arakan militants in Mizoram-Mynarmar border, an official said today.

Personnel of the specialised explosive detection unit and the bomb disposal squad of the force defused the landmines in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram, Deputy Commissioner Arun T told PTI over phone.

Assam Rifles personnel were conducting patrol along the border, the deputy commissioner said.

One woman was killed by a concealed landmine and a man was maimed by another landmine blast in mid-January near the border with Myanmar, following which the Assam Rifles started searching for landmines in the area.

The force on January 23 also issued an advisory asking the local people not to venture in the border areas as there was strong possibility of the presence of more hidden landmines.

The Myanmar Army launched a massive operation to flush out the Arakan insurgents hiding in Chin state from November and the militants allegedly planted the landmines.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.