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Army colonel, his family members, 3 soldiers killed in ambush by terrorists in Manipur

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Manipur: A convoy of the Assam Rifles unit with an Indian Army colonel, his wife and son, and at least three soldiers was killed by terrorists in an ambush in Manipur’s Churachandpur district around 10 am on Saturday, in the deadliest attack in the region in years. Security forces have taken over and carrying out search operations in the vicinity.

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According to sources, the convoy of a Commanding Officer of Assam Rifles was attacked by terrorists in the Singhat sub-division. The officer was travelling with his family members and a Quick Reaction Team when the attack happened. 

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh confirmed the death of the army colonel and his family and said a counter-operation has been launched.

The location was said to be an extremely remote village more than 100 km north of capital Imphal. Manipur, like many of the north-eastern states, is home to dozens of armed groups, fighting for either greater autonomy or secession.

The Manipur-based People’s Liberation Army is suspected to be behind the attack.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that the security forces have identified 38 Pakistani terrorists active in the Kashmir valley and a coordinated operation will be launched soon to neutralise them.

The sources said on Friday that out of 38 ultras, 27 belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and 11 are from Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM) and they are on the radar of the security forces.

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They also said that the locations of these ultras have been traced, which have been spread in Srinagar, Pulwama, Baramulla and Kulgam and other parts of the valley while some of them might be hiding in the forest areas too.

For decades, the army has been deployed to the area that has borders with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan but it has not been known to carry out cross-border raids.

In 2015, 20 soldiers had been killed in an attack by terrorists in the state.

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