Suspected militants open fire at Manipur village

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 13 | Publish Date: 7/14/2018 12:19:05 AM IST
Suspected militants attacked three houses in Manipur’s border town Moreh with guns and bombs on Friday wee hours. No human casualty was reported in the attack.
Police suspected cadres of Kuki National Army (KNA) behind the attack. 
One of the houses was suspected to belong to a leader of the United People’s Front (UPF), an umbrella body of some Kuki militants engaged in peace talks with the Centre and state government.
Police said that the militants attacked the houses at Moreh ward no. 2 (Gamnom Veng) fired guns and lathod shells causing damages to houses and two cars parked in the front courtyard.
Security forces rushed to the village and recovered two live lathod shells which were later safely recovered and destroyed the police at a safe place.
Meanwhile, UPF engaged in the tripartite talks with the Centre and state government has strongly condemned the firing incident.
In a statement released to the media houses in Imphal, information & publicity of the UPF said that the incident has triggered fear and unease atmosphere in the border town inhabited by different communities.
The statement wondered how such terrorist activities frequently occurred in a place like Moreh where maximum security forces have been deployed being a significant border of India and Manipur.
Maintaining that the UPF and KNO has been significantly engaged in bringing political solution for the Kuki/Zo people with the centre and state government through peaceful dialogue, the UPF said that it will not tolerate such violence at this juncture.
“Such terrorist and cowardice act only to disturb the prevailing peaceful atmosphere at this juncture is considered against the peaceful negotiation”, the UPF added.

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