An Indian army colonel, his wife and son and four soldiers were killed in an ambush by terrorists near the Myanmar border in Manipur. The terror attack, one of the deadliest in the region in recent times, took place at 10 a.m. in the Churachandpur district of Manipur, sources said.
The officer in command of 46 Assam rifles, Colonel Viplav Tripathy, had gone to an outpost camp on Saturday and was returning when his convoy was ambushed, sources said.
The Manipur-based terror group, the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, is believed to be behind the attack, although no group has claimed responsibility yet, the sources said.
Intermittent shooting is taking place, police sources told NDTV. It is the first time civilians have been killed in an ambush in this remote part of the district. The location is an extremely remote village about 50 km from Churachandpur.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the attack and expressed his condolences. “The cowardly attack on a convoy of Assam Rifles in Churachandpur, Manipur, is extremely painful and reprehensible. The nation has lost 5 brave soldiers, including the CO 46 AR and two family members. My condolences to the bereaved families. perpetrators will be brought to justice soon, “Singh tweeted.
The cowardly attack on a convoy of Assam Rifles in Churachandpur, Manipur, is extremely painful and reprehensible. The nation has lost 5 brave soldiers, including the CO 46 AR and two family members.
My condolences to the bereaved families. The perpetrators will be brought to justice soon.
– Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 13, 2021
Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted that a counter-operation was launched to track down the terrorists.
Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on a 46 AR convoy that has reportedly killed few staff members including the OC and his family in CCpur today. State forces and paramilitaries are already working to locate the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.
– N. Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) November 13, 2021
Manipur, like many of the northeastern states, is home to various armed groups fighting for greater autonomy or secession. For decades, the Army has been deployed in the area that borders China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.
In 2015, 20 soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Manipur, after which the Army launched a surgical attack on their camp.