IED blast near Assam Rifles patrol vehicle in Manipur

Imphal, November 16 (IANS): Suspected militants triggered a low-intensity Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast when an Assam Rifles vehicle was on a routine patrol at Saibol area in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district on Thursday, officials said.

Ten Assam Rifles jawans were travelling in the mine-protected vehicle. No one was injured and no damage took place in the IED explosion. Officials said that after the blast, the extremists fired a few rounds and the Assam Rifles troopers retaliated.

Immediately after the blast and firing, a massive search operation was launched to nab the militants, the official said, adding that there is no information yet whether any of the rebels have been injured or killed.