Imphal, Sept. 29: Two Assam Rifles jawans and a civilian were killed while four jawans and two women were wounded in a series of blasts at Kwatha village on the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur’s Chandel district this afternoon.
An Assam Rifles source said more than two IEDs were triggered on Kwatha Road by militants while an Assam Rifles foot patrol was passing by.
“Two jawans were killed and four were wounded. A resident was also killed while his wife and another woman were injured,” the source said. The civilians were also passing by when the blasts took place.
The source said nobody knew how many IEDs were triggered but it was more than two. The militants also fired at the patrol party after triggering the blasts.
The injured jawans were flown to the army hospital at Leimakhong on the outskirts of Imphal in a chopper and the injured women were brought here.
The Assam Rifles could not say which group was behind the attack. Sources, however, said the area was a stronghold of Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) and the United National Liberation Front (UNLF). No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts so far.
The blasts come four days after the PLA lobbed a grenade inside the office complex of the army and the Assam Rifles’ public relations officers in the heart of Imphal city on September 25. No one was injured in the blast.
On the same day, an IED had exploded near the gate of an army post at Bishnupur Bazar in Bishnupur district and an Assam Rifles patrol party had detected a 5kg IED at Moidangpok in Imphal West district.