Guwahati: At least four Manipur police commandos and Manipur Rifles jawan were injured in an powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by suspected militants in Manipur's Chandel district on Friday, officials said.
According to the reports, the explosion took place between Kwatha and Khudentabi area on Imphal-Moreh road, some 10 kms from the Indo-Myanmar bordering town Moreh at around 12-45 pm on Friday, when two vehicles of Manipur police commandos and Manipur Rifles jawan escorted Parliamentary Secretary (Home) of Manipur state government L Susindro Meitei returning from Kwatha.
A top official of Manipur police said that, suspected militants had fired upon the security personnel following the blast and Manipur police and Manipur Rifles personnel also fires in retaliation.
'In the militant attack, four security personnel were injured. The Parliamentary Secretary of the state government escaped unhurt,' the police official said.
Two among them critically injured and they were airlifted to Imphal in an IAF chopper for better treatment.
Following the explosion, police and army reinforcements have been rushed to the area and launched operation against the attackers.
This is the second militants attack on security forces in the north eastern Indian state.
On May 8, an army jawan was killed and three others including a Junior Commanding Officer ( JCO) were injured in a powerful IED blast triggered by suspected militants at Moreh in Manipur along the Indo-Myanmar border.
The blast took place very close to International border with Myanmar hit the vehicle, where the army personnel of the 165 Territorial Army were traveling.
The blast was triggered by the suspected militants using remote control when the army vehicle passing on the NH-102 at the area.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)