At least three Assam Rifles personnel died and six were injured in an ambush by suspected People's Liberation Army (PLA) militants in Manipur’s Chandel district along Indo-Myanmar border Wednesday night, according to initial reports.
At least three Assam Rifles personnel died and six others were injured in a militant ambush in Manipur’s Chandel district along Indo-Myanmar border Wednesday night. Three banned militant outfits - the United Liberation Front of Assam- Independent (ULFA-I), Revolutionary Peoples' Front (RPF), which is the political wing of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) have jointly claimed responsibility for the attack.
The incident took place around 6:30-7:00 pm when troops of Assam Rifles in Khongtal, about 3km from Indo-Myanmar border, were returning to their post after three days of operation along the international border, an official said.
The party came under an IED attack followed by ambush near Sajik Tampak village, around 2 km from the AR base.
The deceased have been identified as Havildar Pranay Kalita, Rifleman YM Konyak, and Rifleman Ratan Salim. The five jawans who sustained “minor injuries” are currently undergoing treatment at the military hospital.
An official statement by Assam Rifles is awaited. Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh condemned the “cowardice attack” and offered his condolences.
With inputs from Ahanthem Bisworjit Meitei
First Published: IST