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Manipur ambush: Assam Rifles CO, his family, and four other soldiers killed

The Commanding Officer (CO) of 46 Assam Rifles Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his family, and four Quick Reaction Team (QRT) soldiers were killed in an ambush by militants in the Churachandpur district of Manipur on Saturday. 

The convoy of the officer was targeted with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at Sehkan village, Singhat subdivision. “In the following a firefight with suspected militants of the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK)/People’s Liberation Army (PLA) cadre, the CO, his wife and six-year-old son and four QRT personnel lost their lives on the spot. The other injured personnel are receiving treatment at the Behianga health care center,” Assam Rifles in a statement said.  

Colonel Tripathi was serving in Mizoram until July 2021 before moving to Khuga in the Churachandpur district. Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly criticized the attack.  

It is believed that the insurgent group carried out the attack as the PREPAK Remembrance Day which is celebrated on November 12/13. 

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