New Delhi: Twenty soldiers were killed and 11 others injured when their convoy was ambushed by members of an insurgent group in Chandel District in Manipur on Thursday morning.
The soldiers killed were from a team of the 6 Dogra Regiment that was on a Road Opening Patrol (ROP), as part of their daily route along the Tengnoupal-New Samtal road, about 80 km from Imphal. While on ROP, they were ambushed by insurgents who used rocket-propelled grenades and exploded a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), PTI reported from Imphal, quoting a local police official.
An Army spokesperson in Delhi confirmed the incident which took place at around 9 am, when the convoy had reached a place between Paralong and Charong villages.
The Army airlifted the injured jawans for treatment, while a reinforcement party of security forces was rushed to the spot to nab the militants. The insurgent group involved has not yet been identified though a senior Manipur official said the attack might have been the handiwork of the Peoples Liberation Army, one of the largest underground militant groups active in the state. “This seems to be the work of PLA, with suspected support by the ‘KYKL’ group also. We are still waiting for more inputs to come in,” Manipur Home Secretary J Suresh Babu told PTI. The Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and the PLA have both been banned by the Centre under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.