New Delhi: At least three soldiers, including an Indian Army colonel, his wife and son, have been killed in an ambush in Manipur. It is one of the deadliest attacks in the region in years.
According to reports, the incident took place near the Myanmar border in Churachandpur district of Manipur at around 10 am on Saturday. Sources said that an Assam Rifles convoy was ambushed by an unidentified group of terrorists.
Sources have told that intermittent firing is going on near Sialsi village of Behiang police station area. According to official reports, Biplab Tripathi, Commanding Officer of 46 Assam Rifles, visited his Behiang Coy Post on Friday, 12 November and stayed the night there.
Manipur police said an ambush was received around 10 a.m. on Saturday near Behiang, about four kilometers from the Behiang police station. “Colonel Tripathi was returning from Behiang when an unidentified underground militant group ambushed his vehicle and security vehicle,” a Manipur Police spokesperson said.
Sources said Colonel Tripathi, his wife, his son and two other jawans were killed in the ambush. Five other jawans were injured, who were taken to Beihyang Primary Health Center. “AR teams are currently conducting searches in the area and OC Behiang has also reached the spot and evacuating the injured,” the sources said.
Sources said that the banned Manipuri militant outfit People Liberation Army (PLA) is suspected to be behind the attack.
first published:Nov. 13, 2021, 2:36 p.m.