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One AR jawan injured in Manipur militant ambush

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 19 | Publish Date: 7/20/2018 12:44:02 AM IST
An Assam Rifles trooper was injured when suspected militants ambushed them on Thursday morning at Aibol Joupi in Manipur’s Chandel district, police said.
Police said that the rebels ambushed troopers of 29 Assam Rifles with IED and sophisticated weapons. The incident took place when the AR troopers were on routine foot patrol duty and IED exploded. The militants then opened fire using semi-automatic rifles, forcing the troopers to retaliate. 
The injured jawan identified as Appu Verma has been airlifted to military hospital in Imphal.
 He sustained splinters injuries. 
The ambushed was laid by a combined team of People Liberation Army (PLA) and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) as claimed by Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF), the political wing of PLA. 
A combined team of cadres 252 mobile battalion of PLA and MNPF launched the attack on “Indian occupational force” with IED and guns today, around 5.30 am, it said.
The rebel group claimed that injuries were inflicted to atleast four to five soldiers of Assam Rifles in the attack. All cadres participated in the ambush have returned to their based camp safely, it added.
On the other hand, troops of 37 Assam Rifles in Jiribam district of Manipur apprehended three cadres of Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and recovered arms and ammunition.
The three cadres - Agun Jeme, Azeu Pame and Haisulve Pame – were apprehended during an operation launched by the troops at Ramgailong village under Jirighat police station of the district, an official source said.
One assault rifle 5.56 (German made), two magazines loaded with 243 rounds of 5.56 ammunitions, one 7.62 mm pistol, one magazine loaded with  three rounds of 7.61 ammunition, a knife and one combat dress were recovered from the possessions of the three cadres, the source added.

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