Army colonel, wife and son among 7 dead in Manipur militants ambush


An Army colonel, his wife and their eight-year-old-son, and four soldiers were killed in an ambush by terrorists in Manipur on Saturday. The deadliest attack was carried out at Behiang in the state’s Churachandpur district at around 10 am. The slain colonel was serving as the commanding officer of an Assam Rifles unit in the district on deputation.

The Commanding Officer of 46 Assam Rifles, Colonel Viplav Tripathy, had gone to a forward camp on Saturday and was returning when his convoy was ambushed. Manipur-based terrorist group People's Liberation Army, or PLA, is believed to be behind the attack. So far, no militant organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the attack and gave his condolences. "The cowardly attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Churachandpur, Manipur is extremely painful and condemnable. The nation has lost 5 brave soldiers including CO 46 AR and two family members. My condolences to the bereaved families. The perpetrators will be brought to justice soon," Mr Singh tweeted.