Two troopers of the 4 Assam Rifles and another man were killed in a gun-battle between security forces and insurgents in Manipur’s Chandel district on Wednesday.
Intelligence sources told media that the chance confrontation took place at 6 am at a place between Sajik and Tamol villages. The area falls under the Chakpi Karong police station.
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There was heavy firing exchanges for several minutes. Hearing the gunfight and bombs exploding nearby, villagers around the area fled.
Although the identification of the victims was on-going, officials said one of the victims could be a villager caught in the cross-fire. Most of the scared villagers are yet to return to their homes. The insurgents managed to escape, an official said, even as additional forces were rushed in.