Update 7:02 pm: Militant outfit NSCN (K) and ULFA (I) has jointly claimed the responsibility of the attack. About 50 militants attacked the Army convoy, using Rocket Propelled Grenade or RPG launchers and other firearms. They also used and improvised explosive device or IED.
After the gunfire, the militants also used khukris to attack the Armymen and set vehicles on fire. The tailboard of the lead vehicle was closed and so the soldiers could not come out, the sources said.
Update 06: 35 pm: “Today’s mindless attack in Manipur is very distressing,” tweets PM Modi after 20 Army personnel are killed in an ambush. On the other hand an emergency meeting is going on between Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and National security Advisor Ajit Doval is going on to asses the situation.
Update: As fresh reports are pouring in it is confirmed that so far 20 jawans have died of the attack. The casualties may mount further as many of the injured soldiers are in critical condition.
Imphal: Ten army men including a JCO were killed and twelve injured, by unidentified militants in an ambush in Manipur on Thursday. The incident took place at 8.30 am in Manipur’s Chandel district. The 6 Dogra army convoy came under attack while it was travelling from Motul towards Imphal. The attack killed 1 JCO, 7 ORs, 1 SIG constable, 1 ASC driver of the army.
The attack followed days after AFSPA was lifted from Tripura. As fresh reports are pouring in the injured jawans have been shifted to Nagaland. The North Eastern states of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal, Nagaland have been victims of decade old insurgency. Although no group has claimed the responsibility of the attack it is suspected that NSCN (K) might have orchestrated the attack.
According to reports, there was a shutdown in Chandel on Wednesday over the killing of a woman, allegedly by the Assam Rifles.