On Thursday, militants ambushed a team of Manipur Policemen on road opening party duty at two different places in Chandel district, killing 2 policemen and injuring 6 others.
Though there is no immediate claim of responsibility but officers suspected the militants were from the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM).
The first attack was carried out at around 6:30am at Lokchao village in Chandel district, 21 km from the India-Myanmar border town of Moreh.
The police team in a truck was heading for Tengnoupal, where Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh was scheduled to attend a program in connection with the inauguration of the newly created district of Tengnoupal, which was carved out from the existing Naga-dominated district of Chandel.
Then the attack occurred that killed one personnel on spot and injuring six others. The injured were taken to hospital. While one succumbed to their injuries later, others were battling for their lives.
The militants attacked them with improvised explosives and they had also fired a barrage of shots from automated weapons on reaching Lokchao.
The dead police personnel were identified as Hc Ngarei Marring and Md Ayub Khan.
Meanwhile, suspected terrorists had carried out a similar ambush at Bongyang in Tengnaupal district. One personnel of the state force was severely injured. Injured were rushed to Imphal for further medical treatment.
The entire area has been put on high alert following the incidents.
Incidentally, Chandel district has been seeing a lot of deadly attacks on security forces in the recent past.
The incidents came just days after the militants had carried out an ambush on a group of Para commandos in Sajik Tampak in Chandel district that left 5 personnel injured.
Last year, on 5th June, 18 soldiers were killed and over a dozen other were injured when their convoy was ambushed by the Khaplang faction of the NSCN in this insurgency-infested district.
This year on 23rd May, 6 personnel of the Assam Rifles were killed in an ambush in Chandel.