Kuki militants launched an attack by firing guns and bombs at Koutruk Ching Leikai under Lamshang Police station in Imphal West on Thursday, resulting in a retaliatory fire from village volunteers and security forces. Some Kuki militants are presumed injured during the exchange of fire.
As per sources, Kuki militants carried out the attack from their bunkers above Koutruk Nongchup Chingyang around 3.35 pm when Koutruk village volunteers were on their way to Koutruk community hall for their duty shift change.They fired around six bombs and numerous rounds of bullets in which the village volunteers also retaliated to the attack.
Sources added that 2nd IRB, 3rd IRB and 7th IRB personnel who were on duty at the area also fired towards the Kuki militants after receiving information that some Kuki militants armed with automatic rifles came down and attacked Koutruk Ching Awang area.
Security forces fired around three mortar shells towards Koutruk Maning Ching after the kuki militants fired bullet rounds at the IRB bunker. One mortar shell exploded at the Kuki bunker, sources said. The Kuki militants retreated back to the hills after the security forces retaliated to the attack.
Terrified villagers of Koutruk Ching Leikai fled to Koutruk Maning Leikai to save themselves from the attack. It is believed that around five Kukis might have been injured during the attack. There were no casualties among the Koutruk village volunteers and security forces, sources said.