The number of people killed when rebels ambushed an Independent MLA and the security personnel escorting him in Ukhrul district rose to eight on Saturday with another person succumbing to his injuries, officials said.
Vaorei Keishin (65), who had accompanied Independent MLA W Keishing to the function after which he was attacked, died this morning at the hospital here.
Unidentified militants had yesterday opened fire at the convoy of Keishing, killing seven persons including six security personnel and injuring six others including the MLA who suffered injuries on his hand at Riha village in Ukhrul district bordering Myanmar, sources said.
Keishing has been demanding creation of a new district of Phungyar out of the Naga-majority Ukhrul district but some Naga social organisations have strongly opposed to it.
"I do not know who attacked my convoy and but I regret that some civilians and innocent security guards of mine were killed in the attack by some anti-social elements," Keishing told the local media this morning.