Manipur Chief Minister’s security convoy attacked by suspected militants, one soldier injured

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Imphal: Suspected militants ambushed the advance security convoy of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh in Kangpokpi district on Monday, injuring a jawan, police said.

The convoy was heading towards violence-hit Jiribam district when it came under attack around 10.30 am near Kotlen village on National Highway 53, police said.

A police officer said that several bullets were fired on the vehicles of the security forces, after which the security forces also retaliated. The officer said that the driver of one of the vehicles in the convoy was shot on the right shoulder and was taken to a hospital in Imphal.

He said, “Security forces have reached the spot of the ambush, about 36 km from the state capital, and a search operation has been launched to trace the gunmen.” An official told PTI, “Chief Minister Biren Singh is yet to reach Imphal from Delhi.

He was planning to go to Jiribam to take stock of the situation in the district.” Suspected militants had set ablaze two police posts, a forest department office and at least 70 houses in Jiribam on Saturday.

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