Army Colonel, five others killed in militant ambush in Manipur

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Commanding officer Colonel Viplab Tripathi of the 46 Assam Rifles, his wife and son, and four paramilitary force personnel were killed in a militant ambush in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Saturday, reported Times of India.

As per the report, the attack on the 46 Assam Rifles convoy was carried out by Manipur’s militant outfit, the People’s Liberation Army.

Condemning the ‘cowardly attack’, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said, “The State forces and Paramilitary are already on their job to track down the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.”

Quoting the police, TOI reported that the incident took place near Sehken village as the heavily-armed militants fired upon the convoy of the Assam Rifles colonel killing him, his wife, their son and three Quick Reaction Team troopers on the spot.

The commanding officer was on his way back after supervising a civic action programme in the Churachandpur district, bordering Myanmar, reads the report.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh also condemned the attack on the five personnel of Assam Rifles and conveyed condolences to the bereaved families.

“Convoy of a commanding officer of an Assam Rifles unit ambushed by terrorists in Singhat sub-division of Manipur’s Churachandpur district. Operation is currently under way,” said sources, as per TOI.

No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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