Three personnel of Assam Rifles of India were killed and five others injured in an ambush in Manipur’s Chandel district near the Indo-Myanmar border, police officials said on Thursday.
The incident took place when suspected terrorists ambushed a patrol party of 4 Assam Rifles by exploding what is believed to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). They then opened fire at the personnel of the security force. The incident took place at Khongchal area under Chakpikarong police station around 6.30 pm on Wednesday evening, people aware of the developments said.
The three Assam Rifles personnel who were reportedly killed at the ambush site have been identified as Havildar Pranay Kalita, Rifleman Methna Konyak and Rifleman Ratan Sapam, the police said.
Their bodies have been sent to the mortuary of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal for necessary formalities while the injured personnel have been taken to a military hospital, the people cited above said.
The five injured personnel are Sub Ngulkhotil Haokip, NK Sikander Singh, Havildar Nitul Sarman, Rifleman Anish Kumar Singh and Rifleman Sandeep Kumar, they added.
Most of the personnel sustained injury at their hands, legs and shoulder, the police said.
No armed group operating in the state has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s ambush till the filing of the report.