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17 killed in Imphal blast
Published on 22 Oct. 2008 12:55 AM IST
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At least 17 people including some police commandoes in civvies were killed and more than 30 others injured in a massive bomb explosion triggered by unidentified militants in Imphal Tuesday night, two days after a blast near the chief minister’s official residence here, the police said. The blast took place around 7.30 p.m near the main entrance gate of Ragailong village at Pandon under Imphal police station, close to a Manipur Police commando complex, which is a residential area. The bomb fitted to a Luna moped went off nearby a spot where “Diwali” game (a kind of gambling) was being played. According to the first official report, the militants raided the place where security personnel and civilians were gambling ahead of the Diwali. Police sources said thirteen people died on the spot, while the rest succumbed to injuries in hospital. The injured were shifted to Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital and Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital. This is by far the biggest bomb attack in Manipur’s capital, a heavily guarded city that has seen frequent bomb or grenade attacks. On Sunday, a bomb exploded close to Chief Minister Ibobi Singh’s heavily fortified residence but there were no casualties. A caller claiming to be a member of the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kamgleipak (PREPAK), a separatist group, said the outfit was behind Sunday’s blast. No one has claimed responsibility yet for Tuesday’s deadly attack that has set off panic in the city.

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