S S Khaplang dead: Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang Khaplang, Chairman of Naga rebel group NSCN-K, died on Friday night following a cardiac arrest in Takka in Kachin state of Myanmar. Khaplang, who had engineered many attacks on security forces in India, died at the age of 77 tonight, PTI reported. According to official sources the leader of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) had been ailing for quite sometime and he took his last breath tonight following a heart attack. Khaplang was born in April 1940 in Waktham village in the east of Myanmar’s Pangsau Pass and according to the reports by Times of India, Khaplang was suffering from diabetes for long and that he had returned from treatment in China a few days back and was heading towards his birthplace when he died. He was the youngest of his 10 siblings and was also leading the newly-formed United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFW). UNLFW claimed responsibility of the 4 June ambush in Manipur. As per the reports by The Indian Express, Khaplang had three sons and a daughter.
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He was the part of the Naga nationalist movement as early as 1964 and was one of the key people in the formation of the NSCN. It was less than a year ago – June 28, 2016 — that Issak Chisi Swu, Chairman of the NSCN(IM) faction had passed away. Khaplang formed the group following differences with the NSCN (IM) leaders Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah. Swu died in June 2016 in a Delhi hospital.