At least three paramilitary troopers belonging to Assam Rifles were killed and five others wounded in a militant attack in India’s northeastern state of Assam, local media reports said Thursday.
The paramilitary troopers were ambushed at Khongtal in Chandel district, about 100 km south of Imphal, the capital city of Manipur.
“A squad of 15 Assam Rifles soldiers were on an area domination patrol in Khontal last evening when they came under attack from suspected militants,” a local media report said. “The patrol was first hit with an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion, followed by the ambush with small arms that left three dead and five wounded.”
So far no militant outfit has claimed responsibility of the attack, and an official statement about the incident is awaited from Assam Rifles.
Manipur is a conflict-ridden state in India’s northeast. Several separatist groups in the state, often targeting Indian armed forces, have run long-armed insurgency demanding separation from the Indian union.
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