Three soldiers of the Assam Rifles were killed and six were wounded in an attack by the militants in Manipur’s border Chandel as confirmed by a senior police officer. The Personnel belonged to the four Assam Rifles divisions. Chandel is the same district in Manipur where 18 soldiers lost their lives for India when insurgents ambushed in June 2015, in what was described as the worst losses the army had sustained in recent years. It has been alleged that the attack was started by the People’s Liberation Army.
As reported by ANI, the attackers first carried out an IED explosion and then started shooting at the troops. Reinforcements have been sent to the area 100 km from Imphal.
The deceased soldiers have been identified as Havildar Pranay Kalita from Assam, Rifleman Metha Konyak from Nagaland and Rifleman Ratan Salam from Manipur.
Assam Rifles is a paramilitary group which comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Union and comprises of Indian Army soldiers and their own cadre officers and officials.