In a sudden attack by militants in Manipur, 18 soldiers were killed and 11 injured. This is the biggest militant attack in recent years.
The convoy of four trucks was attacked when troops of 6 Dogra Regiment were returning to their headquarter in Dimapur.
The troop was surprised a sudden blast (Improvised Explosive Device blast) when it reached the hilly area between Paraolol and Larong.
The attacks from rocket-propelled grenades and heavy automatic weapons set the two trucks ablaze. Two soldiers were burnt alive when they were trapped inside. The reactionary firing resulted in killing of one militant.
Intelligence sources have said that the joint ambush might have been caused by Meiyei Valley groups, including UNLF, KCP, KYKL
More troops were sent to the spot when the news of attack reached spread and counter-insurgency operation was launched.
Manipur Deputy Chief Minister expressed condemnation against the attack and said that he also shares the grief of those who died. Nagaland had also witnessed a similar attack on May 3 in which eight Jawans were killed.
The NSCN (K) group which had withdrawn from ceasefire arrangement with New Delhi is a Burmese Naga group. Its role in Kohima and other blasts is still being studied.
With no doubt, Thursday’s Ambush which is the recent attack in the string of such acts is the most violent one. The random and sporadic attacks might not be uncommon but they are limited to placing of IEDs near army posts.
The People Liberation Army (PLA) has taken the responsibility for the attack. The names of victims of Thursday attack have not been disclosed officially although the Dogra units usually recruit most of their personnel from the Jammu and Himachal belt. The site of attack is under operational command of 3 corps in Dimapur. The bodies were evacuated and have to be flown to their respective families.