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Rebels attack Manipur CM's home

Rebels of PREPAK hurl a grenade at CM Okram Ibobi Singh's house in Imphal on Tuesday night, but no one is injured.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 11:41 IST

Separatist guerrillas carried out a grenade attack on the home of Manipur's chief minister, police said on Wednesday.

Rebels of the People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) tossed the grenade at Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh's residence in Imphal late on Tuesday, a senior police official said.

"The grenade exploded inside the campus of the chief minister's residence, but luckily no one was injured," he said.

Singh was in New Delhi at the time of the attack.

PREPAK, an outlawed rebel group fighting for an independent homeland for the majority Metei community in the state of 2.4 million people, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Singh has survived two previous assassination attempts by rebels.

In May, militants ambushed his convoy. He escaped unhurt, but a paramilitary commando and a rebel were killed in the encounter.

In 2003, militants killed three of the chief minister's security guards in another ambush on his convoy.

There are some 19 rebel groups active in Manipur, which borders Myanmar. Their demands range from secession to autonomy and the right to self determination.

First Published: Nov 15, 2006 10:07 IST