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Militants ambush, kill 6 Assam Rifles jawans in Manipur

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IMPHAL — Five jawans of Assam Rifles including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were killed in a an ambush by militants in Chande district of Manipur, near the Indo-Myanmar border on Sunday.

“A convoy of Assam Rifles while returning after assessing a landslide area in Holingjang to the battalion headquarters location at Joupi in Chandel district of South Manipur had the encounter with a suspected Valley-based insurgent group,” said an Indian defence ministry release.

The insurgents detonated remote-controlled bombs and opened fire from several sides. The slain personnel belonged to 29 Assam Rifles.

The attackers also snatched four AK-47 assault rifles, an INSAS rifle, a light machine gun and ammunition, before fleeing the spot. The exchange of fire lasted about one hour.

It is suspected that two or more militant groups jointly carried out the attack. More troops were rushed to the area and a massive search operation is underway.

“The troops retaliated the insurgent fire effectively. However, the insurgents managed to get away under thick forest cover and bad weather,” the release added.

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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