Militants ambush troopers in Manipur, 1 injured

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Imphal, July 19 (IANS) An Assam Rifles trooper was seriously wounded when suspected Naga militants from the NSCN(K) ambushed them on Thursday morning at Joupi in Manipur’s Chandel district, police said.

Chandel Superintendent of Police Angam Kameie said the injured trooper, Appu Barma, was flown to a military hospital in Imphal West district. Barma suffered shrapnel injuries.

The police said the incident took place when the troopers were on foot patrol at Joupi and a remote-controlled bomb exploded. The militants then opened fire using semi-automatic rifles, forcing the troopers to retaliate.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The NSCN(K) in collaboration with some other militant groups ambushed a column of troopers of Dogra Regiment on June 4, 2015 in Chandel district killing 18 troopers.

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