NIA to Probe Manipur Ambush

A day after 20 soldiers were killed in an ambush in Manipur, 3 rebel outfits have claimed responsibility

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A day after 20 soldiers were killed in the ambush on the Indian Army in Manipur, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) is all set to register a case and also look at how insurgent groups got access to sophisticated weaponry.

The Naga insurgent outfit Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-A (NSCN) along with Manipuri outfit Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag has also reached in Imphal to assess the situation.

According to Army sources, the convoy that was attacked belonged to the 6 Dogra Regiment and was an administrative convoy moving out of its location. The attack occurred between Paralong and Charong villages around 8.30AM when militants used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) while also opened heavy fire at the four-vehicle convoy.

At a high-level meeting in Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Parrikkar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, decided to increase the intensity of the operations and deploy more forces in the area.

The government has also decided to seal the India-Myanmar border in Manipur and directed all installations of the security forces in Manipur and Nagaland to be on high alert to foil any attempt by the terrorists to strike again.

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