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IED blast rocks Imphal

Imphal, Sept. 23: Another bomb blast rocked Imphal today though the town is on high alert following the recent attacks on security forces and the upcoming foundation day of Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) on September 25.

However, no one was injured in the low-intensity IED blast that took place near a police outpost.

Police said it was triggered using a timer on the Imphal airport road, nearly 150 metres from a police outpost at Kwakeithel, about 5km from Imphal, around noon.

“It was an IED explosion using a timer. It was planted to target security forces,” a police officer who arrived at the spot said.

On September 8, another blast took place in the same area when the PLA militants planted a powerful IED on the road divider, near the site of today’s explosion.

An army jawan on foot patrol and a civilian were injured.

Though no one claimed responsibility for today’s blast, the police suspect PLA’s hand behind it.

This is the fourth blast since September 5. While the UNLF claimed responsibility of the first three blasts, the PLA owned up to the second and the third.

A jawan has been killed and several others wounded in the latest series of bomb attacks.

The police said the PLA carried out the attacks in view of its 34th foundation day on September 25. The militants wanted to send the message that they were not yet finished, the police added.

Security forces have been claiming that militants could no longer carry out attacks on them as they (the militants) were on the run following intense pressure from the forces and the police.

An official source said the surveillance and frisking have been stepped up particularly in the valley in view of the PLA’s foundation day.