GUWAHATI: Two policemen were killed and at least six others were injured in an ambush by suspected militants of the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) in Manipur's Chandel district on Thursday.
The attack was carried out on an ROP (road opening party) of the police at around 6:30am near the India-Myanmar border town of Moreh. The personnel were headed to the Tengnaupal district in a truck for a scheduled programme of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh when they had come under the attack.
Sources said the militants had fired a barrage of shots from automated weapons, leaving at least eight personnel injured. While two succumbed to their injuries later, at least two others were battling for their lives in a hospital.
No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, reports received here suggested that suspected militants had carried out a similar ambush at Bongyang in Tengnaupal district. The details were not available.
The incidents came just days after the militants had carried out an ambush on a group of Para commandos in Chandel district that left five personnel injured. Last year, 18 Army personnel were killed and over a dozen others were injured when their convoy was ambushed by the Khaplang faction of the NSCN in this insurgency-infested district.