One Indian soldier killed, another injured in Manipur blast

New Delhi, January 05 (KMS): An Indian soldier was killed and another injured when two powerful Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were detonated at Lilong Usoipokpi Sangomsang in Thoubal district on Wednesday, the police said.

The blasts took place when troops of the 16 battalion of the Assam Rifles were patrolling in the hilly area of the southern part of the state and few paramilitary soldiers were resting near a water supply pump, the police said.

Thirty-year-old Rifleman L Wangchu from Arunachal Pradesh died on the sport after the explosion, while 28-year-old Pinku Das from Tripura suffered injuries. He was shifted to a nearby hospital.

Superintendent of Police H Jogeshchandra told media that the IED was found at a spot where jawans normally patrol near a reservoir of the Sangomsang Water Supply works.

Wednesday’s IED blasts are the fourth such detonations in 50 days in Manipur, though no one has been arrested so far.

The earlier three incidents took place on November 18, December 15 and 29 last year.

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