More than a dozen tribal civilians including who set army vehicles on fire have been killed by soldiers in India’s remote north-east region along the border with Myanmar.

The incident took place in and around Oting village in Mon district, during a counterinsurgency operation conducted by members of the Assam Rifles, a part of Indian security forces deployed in the state, said a senior police official based in Nagaland.

An army officer said the soldiers fired at a truck, killing six people, after receiving intelligence about a movement of insurgents in the area. As a result, villagers reacted strong and burnt two army vehicles. The soldiers fired at them, killing seven more people, the officer added. One soldier was also killed in the action.