An IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast killed two Assam Rifles jawans and injured six others in Chandel district of Manipur near the India-Myanmar border on Monday morning.
The incident took place at 6 am near the District Collectorate, when suspected insurgents detonated a remote-controlled bomb on the roadside.
#FLASH Two Assam Rifles jawans killed in an IED explosion during patrolling near Manipur's Chandel, this morning. More details awaited.
— ANI (@ANI) November 13, 2017
Rifleman Indra Singh was killed on the spot, while rifleman Sohalal succumbed to his injuries hours later, IANS reported. The troopers, along with armed guards, were on their morning jog.
The bomb exploded as they neared the office of the district collector. Additional forces from neighbouring areas rushed to launch a combing operation.
Incidents of IED blasts in Manipur have increased in the last few months.
On 30 June, one Assam Rifles jawan was killed and three others injured in an IED blast in Ukhrul district of Manipur.
The explosive was planted at 27 Assam Rifles check post at Ramva and exploded at 7.20 am.
A similar attack was carried out against Assam Rifles on 15 June, in which one jawan was killed and four others were injured. A banned terror outfit — the Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) — had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The outfit claimed to have carried out the IED blast at Kashung village of Ukhrul district, a statement issued by the outfit had claimed.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Nov 13, 2017 12:32 PM