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Suspected militants ambush BSF convoy

Imphal: A Border Security Force (BSF) convoy on foot patrol was ambushed by militants armed with rocket launchers and sophisticated automatic weapons on Thursday in Thoubal district but there was no casualty, a police officer said.
The ambush took place at Heirok Melei Lampak Chinglon in Thoubal district on Thursday afternoon, 38 km from state capital Imphal.
Superintendent of Police, Thoubal, Radhasyhyam, said the BSF personnel belonging to 54 Battalion, D Company, also retaliated and the gun battle went on for at least half an hour.
No casualty occurred on the side of Border Security Forces personnel, the Superintendent of Police said.
Later, additional Manipur police commandos were rushed to the ambush site but the suspected militants had already fled the area, the officer said.
Security forces, including the Commanding Officer of the battalion, rushed to the ambush site to conduct further combing operations, the Superintendent of Police said.
Three weeks ago, suspected armed cadres of NSCN (IM) had assaulted eleven labourers at the ambush site.
Meanwhile,  Additional Superintendent of Police  Modhunimay said further search operations are being carried out at the ambush site with the assistance of 2nd Assam Rifles and Thoubal Police Commando. (PTI)

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