Four, including an 8-year-old, killed as insurgents open fire in Manipur
Four people, including an eight-year-old child, died and two others were injured after several insurgents opened fire on a rally in a village in Kangpokpi district of Manipur, police said today.
The incident came two days after security forces killed insurgents from the banned Kuki National Liberation Army (KNLA) in neighboring villages in the state.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh condemned the incident and called it an act of terrorism.
According to sources, villagers were holding a condolence service on the grounds of B Ganom village when ALKN members opened fire on the rally around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Two villagers, including the village chief NP Kholen, died instantly. Police later recovered two other bodies near the village with gunshot wounds.
A two-year-old boy was also found injured.
Manipur police said the death toll is likely to rise as they have reports of some people missing.
A large contingent of police was dispatched to the scene shortly after the shooting.
On Sunday, four ALKN cadres were killed in an encounter with combined forces including Assam’s army and riflemen in Hingojang.