IMPHAL- Suspected militants ambushed a vehicle of Assam Rifles personnel on a routine patrol in strife-torn Manipur on Thursday morning. However, nobody was killed or injured. The incident occurred at Saibol in the Tengnoupal district near the India-Myanmar border.
Defence sources said the personnel, attached to the 20th Assam Rifles Battalion, had moved out of their base for a routine patrol when they came under attack.
“The suspected militants first triggered an IED (improvised explosive device) blast. Subsequently, they fired from small arms. The Assam Rifles personnel immediately retaliated,” a defence official told Media.
The personnel were travelling in a mine-protected vehicle, the official said. The security forces launched an operation to nab the perpetrators of the crime.
Tengnaupal is one of the districts affected by the recent ethnic violence.
Following recent attacks in Manipur, where a senior police officer lost his life, approximately 200 Assam Rifles personnel were airlifted to Moreh town.
Their deployment aimed to dismantle militant operations, particularly those suspected of infiltrating from Myanmar, with efforts ongoing to identify and neutralize hidden militants in the area.
Authorities, including Assam Rifles and other collaborating agencies, have engaged in extensive counter-terrorism measures, employing additional personnel and collaborating to ensure the region’s security against such infiltrations.