India: Border State ambush kills five soldiers and two civilians

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India: Border State ambush kills five soldiers and two civilians


At least five Indian soldiers and two civilians were killed in an attack by an armed group in Manipur state in northeast India, officials said.
Suspected rebels ambushed a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers on Saturday who were on their way to inspect a remote village in Churachandpur district, a police officer in the state capital Imphal said.

The dead include a colonel of the Assam Rifles, an Indian army paramilitary force, his wife and son. Four other soldiers were killed in the attack.

Police said the rebels opened fire with automatic weapons.

Security reinforcements were dispatched to the area and launched a search for the attackers.

Police said it was likely the ambush was carried out by the People’s Liberation Army, a Manipur-based rebel group fighting against Indian rule in the state. So far, no rebel group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The cowardly attack on a convoy of Assam rifles is extremely painful and condemnable. The nation lost five brave soldiers, including the 46 commander, Assam Rifles, and two members of his family. My condolences to the bereaved families. The perpetrators will soon be brought to justice, ”Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Twitter.

For his part, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the “sacrifice” of those killed “will never be forgotten”.

“My thoughts are with the bereaved families at this sad hour,” he wrote on Twitter.

Northeastern India, which shares borders with China, Myanmar and Bangladesh, is a volatile region where several separatist, tribal and left-wing armed groups are active, with demands ranging from autonomy to l ‘independence.

Nearly 20 rebel groups are active in Manipur, which is expected to go to the polls early next year.

According to data from the South Asia Terrorism Portal, more than 6,370 people have been killed in militancy-related incidents in Manipur since 1992. In 2015, at least 20 soldiers were killed in an attack by armed individuals in the State.



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