This is the deadliest attack on security personnel in the state since June 5, 2015, killings of 18 Army personnel in Chandel district by Naga militant group NSCN-K.
No militant organization has so far owned responsibility for the attack but state director general of police L M Khaute told this newspaper that the People's Liberation Army could be behind the ambush. He said the available indications suggested the involvement of the PLA. A retired Army general also suspected the PLA's involvement.
"The information I received from the field officer suggests there was some IED blast followed by a series of gunfire, including shell firing,” Khaute said. “We understand that not many people carried out the attack. We are trying to ascertain everything," the DGP said.
"It was in the (Myanmar) border area. Sometimes, incidents such as this happen in border areas. They come from across, hit when they find an opportunity, and go back.
This has been their modus operandi for the last several years now," Khaute said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defense minister Rajnath Singh, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were those who condemned the incident.
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