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7 cops hurt in ambush

Imphal, Oct. 4: Seven security escorts of Chandel superintendent of police, E. Priyokumar Singh, were injured when suspected militants ambushed the police officer’s convoy along Imphal-Moreh road by exploding two bombs planted by the roadside at Khudengthabi, about 100km from Imphal, this afternoon.

Singh escaped unhurt and the injured personnel were taken to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences here. Some of them are said to be in a serious condition.

Official sources said the militants triggered the blasts when the SP’s convoy, comprising eight vehicles, was passing through the area on their way back to the district headquarters.

The police officer and his team were returning from Myanmar’s border town of Tamu, where an Indo-Myanmar border liaison officers’ meeting was being held. The meeting began yesterday and ended today.

The police said two IEDs were triggered and the last two vehicles felt the impact. The injured persons were travelling in these vehicles.

A search by Assam Rifles and police personnel at the blast site led to the recovery of another unexploded IED.

The three bombs were planted at a distance of 10 to 15 feet from each other. The two bombs exploded when the convoy was negotiating a blind corner. The police could not say immediately whether they were triggered using a remote control device or a timer device. After the blast the militants also fired at the police party, resulting in an exchange of fire.

Any casualty or injury on the part of the militants could not be ascertained.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.


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