Imphal, Sept. 8: An army jawan was injured today in an IED blast triggered by Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) rebels along the Imphal Airport Road.
The jawan, lance naik Ravinder Singh from Punjab, who was part of a 18 Sikh Regiment team from the airport base patrolling the area near Tiddim ground, 4km from here, received splinter injuries on his legs and was admitted to the base hospital.
A civilian, Akham Shanti, 31, also sustained minor injuries.
Police said the IED, planted on the road divider, was detonated by remote control.
“I heard a loud sound. Initially I thought a tyre had exploded. There were not many people on the road at that time,” a local resident said.
The police launched search operations in the surrounding areas after the explosion but have not been able to make any breakthrough.
Imphal West superintendent of police K. Jayanta Singh, cautioned people not to touch abandoned objects and asked them to contact the police if such an object was found.
The PLA claimed responsibility for the blast late this evening.
This is the second time in the past four days that militants have targeted security forces in the state capital.
On September 5, United National Liberation Front (UNLF) rebels detonated an IED at Keishampat crossing in the heart of the town, injuring two Assam Rifles personnel.
Police and security forces say the rebels were resorting to blasts to make their presence felt.
“After intense pressure from security forces and police, the militants are on the run. They could not carry out any attack on security forces for quite some time now. The two explosions indicate that they are desperate and want to send the message that they are still alive and kicking,” a senior army official said.
In another incident, the police this morning recovered an IED from the house of a rural body election candidate.
The police said the IED, planted by unknown persons, was detected at 7am by some workers of poll candidate E. Premkumar, a resident of Lairenkabi in Imphal West.
They informed the police, who went and recovered the device. Premkumar is a pradhan candidate for the Lairenkabi gram panchayat seat.