Shillong, Oct. 8: Nine Meghalaya police personnel, including a sub-inspector, had a narrow escape this morning when suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants triggered a blast along the route of their convoy in East Garo Hills district.
However, no one was injured in the improvised explosive device (IED) detonation.
“The explosion occurred near Chisobibra bridge around 9.45am when the police personnel, travelling in two Maruti Gypsies, were proceeding towards Williamnagar from Tura,” a Meghalaya police official said.
Chisobibra village is around 8km from Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East Garo Hills, and around 300km from here.
The official said the IED was detonated by a 12-volt battery from a distance of about 100 metres.
The militants also fired some rounds from sophisticated weapons while retreating into the dense jungles, the official added.
Although there were no casualties, the windshield of one of the Maruti Gypsies was slightly damaged after it was hit by a stone.
“We have seized a 100-metre-long wire and the battery from the blast site,” the police official said.
Following the incident, a massive combing operation was launched in the area. The police suspect that an area commander of the outfit, popularly known as Jimmy, was involved in the incident.