NEW DELIH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described as "very distressing" the "mindless" attack by insurgents in Manipur in which 20 soldiers were killed and 11 injured.
"Today’s mindless attack in Manipur is very distressing. I bow to each and every soldier who has sacrificed his life for the nation," he said.
Using rocket-propelled grenades(RPG) and automatic weapons, insurgents ambushed a military convoy killing at least 20 personnel in the worst such attack in recent years.
Eleven armymen were injured in the ambush, an Army spokesman said.
A team of 6 Dogra Regiment was on a road opening patrol (ROP) as part of its daily routine along Tengnoupal-New Samtal road, about 80 km from Imphal, when it was attacked by an unidentified insurgent outfit first with a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED), a police official said in Imphal.