In one of the worst attacks in recent times, 20 Army personnel have been killed in an ambush in Chandel district in Manipur. 11 soldiers are said to have been injured in the incident. A group of unidentified insurgents attacked a convoy of 6 Dogra Regiment around 9 am on Thursday morning when they were on a road opening patrol (ROP) along the Tengnoupal-New Samtal road. The convoy was on its way to Imphal from Motul.
“20 armymen were killed and 11 injured in the attack,” Army spokesman Col. Rohan Anand confirmed.
The insurgents first attacked the convoy with a powerful IED blast, and then resorted to rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and heavy firing from automatic weapons, said a local police official. Police also said one of the attackers was killed in the firing.
The injured jawans had to be airlifted from the spot. A reinforcement party was also sent for combing operations. Search operation in the area is still on.
Manipur Home Secretary J Suresh Babu suspects the involvement of Manipur rebel outfit Peoples Liberation Army (PLA).
“This seems to be the work of PLA, with suspected support by the ‘KYKL’ group. We are still waiting for more inputs to come in,” he added. Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) is a Meitei revolutionary organization in Manipur.
(With PTI Inputs)