Imphal, Sept. 24: A police commando team escaped unhurt in a bomb attack by suspected militants in Imphal East today but a vehicle was damaged by its impact.
Police said an IED exploded on a culvert at Yairipok Yambem, about 30km from Imphal. Three commando vehicles were crossing the culvert when the bomb, believed to be remote-controlled, exploded. The blast occurred after the last of the three vehicles crossed the culvert but one of the vehicles was damaged because of the impact. No one was injured in the attack.
The police commando team fired several rounds in the air to scare away any militant hiding in the nearby areas.
The Revolutionary Peoples’ Front (RPF) claimed responsibility for today’s attack on the police team. In a statement the RPF, political wing of Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) said the attack was carried out by a special warfare group of the outfit. The statement said the attack was not deliberately carried out on the state police.
With additional reinforcement, the police launched a search operation in the surrounding areas. Some people working in the nearby paddy fields were questioned. However, there was no report of any arrest.
Tomorrow is the 34th foundation day of the PLA. An official source said security measures were tightened in the four valley districts of Manipur.
The police arrested three cadres of the RPF/PLA during operations launched in villages surrounding the blast site this morning before the blast took place. Four PLA flags were also recovered.