NEW DELHI: The Commanding Officer of 46 Assam Rifles and his family, including his wife and son, were killed in an ambush while travelling through Behiang in Churachandpur district.
The commanding officer has been identified as Colonel Viplav Tripathi. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the perpetrators would be "brought to justice".
"Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on a convoy of 46 AR which has reportedly killed few personnel including the CO & his family at CCpur today. The State forces & Para military are already on their job to track down the militants," he tweeted.
According to reports, four soldiers and the commanding officer of 46 Assam Rifles along with his son and wife were killed in an ambush by militants in Manipur's Singhat on Saturday.
Meanwhile, three injured in the incident were taken to Behiang Primary Health Centre.
Initial reports suggest that the Manipur-based People's Liberation Army could be behind the attack.
Union Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh condemning the act wrote, "The cowardly attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Churachandpur, Manipur is extremely painful & condemnable. The nation has lost 5 brave soldiers including CO 46 AR and two family members. My condolences to the bereaved families. The perpetrators will be brought to justice soon."
More details awaited.