Army headquarters is closely monitoring the situation and Army Chief General MM Naravane has been briefed on the ambush, government sources told the ANI news agency.
After the vile attack on the commanding officer convoy from an Assam Rifles unit on Saturday, security at the Myanmar border has been tightened as the attackers are believed to have infiltrated India from Myanmar. Army headquarters is closely monitoring the situation and Army Chief General MM Naravane has been briefed on the ambush, government sources told the ANI news agency. Operations have started in the area of the attack to catch the terrorists involved. The border is closely guarded so terrorists cannot escape, according to reports.
So far, no terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Manipur-based People’s Liberation Army is suspected of being behind the attack. Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife and their son were among the seven killed in the attack that took place on Saturday morning when the colonel was to supervise a civic action program in the Churachandpur district, bordering Myanmar.
The area where the terrorist attack took place is also close to the border.
The terrorists first carried out an IED attack on the convoy and then there was a shootout between the soldiers and the terrorists. It is not yet known whether the terrorists suffered casualties.
Saturday’s terror attack is the first major attack against security forces since June 4, 2018, when an army convoy was similarly attacked in the Chandel district, resulting in the death of 18 staff members and injuries to others, PTI reported. Since then, terrorist activities have decreased in the state.
Assam Rifles said it suspected that the Kangleipak People’s Revolutionary Party was behind the attack, as PREPAK’s commemoration day is celebrated on November 12 and 13.