Polling official, trooper wounded in bomb explosion at Kamjong on poll eve
A powerful bomb exploded in Manipur’s Kamjong district on Tuesday on the eve of the second phase of Manipur assembly poll when a patrol party of 31 Assam Rifles was on foot patrol duty,assembly elections Updated: Mar 07, 2017 22:40 IST
A polling official and an Assam Rifles trooper were wounded in two bomb blasts by militants near the India-Myanmar border in Kamjong district of Manipur on Tuesday evening, the state police said.
Kamjong will vote in the second and final phase of the assembly elections in the northeastern state on Wednesday.
No outfit has so far claimed any responsibility for the two blasts. Police officials said they believe that unidentified militants who triggered the bombs escaped.
“One powerful foreign-made bomb exploded at 3.30 pm at Aishi village. One personnel of 31 Assam Rifles was wounded,” said a police officer.
The victim, a part of the road-opening party, was evacuated to the Army hospital at Leimakhong in Imphal.
About 30 minutes later, another powerful bomb went off near Ashang Khullen village, not far from the first blast spot, injuring the polling official.
While central paramilitary forces are being used to conduct the polls, additional state and central forces have been rushed to the district to track down the militants.