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Manipur: Militants open fire kills 4 people including 8 year old

On Tuesday, suspected militants opened fire on a gathering of villagers attending a condolence service at the B Gamnom village in the Kangpokpi district of Manipur, killing four villagers, including an 8 year old.

Furthermore, two persons were injured, one of which was a 2 year old child.

Villagers gathered at B. Gamnom ground on Tuesday for a condolence meeting for four Kuki National Liberation Army (KNLA) members who were killed by police forces in Hingojang on Sunday.

During the gathering, suspected militants opened fire on the people who were present at the meet. 

However, two people, including the village chief of MP Khullen, died on the scene as a result of the shooting.

Later, police discovered two more dead in the village’s area, both with bullet wounds.

The deceased were identified as Paolal Kipgen, 45, son of Kamkhothang Kipgen MP Khullen, Yamkholam Khongsai, 58, son of (L) Langthang Khongsai of B Gamnom, Lalminthang Kipgen, 8, son of Thangneo Kipgen of B Gamnom.

The identity of the fourth victim found in Bongbal Khullen has not yet been confirmed.

Lunjamang Kipgen, 17, son of Hemlal Kipgen, and Lalmingun Kipgen, 2, son of Lunminthang of B Gamnom, were among the injured.

A police contingent comprising top state police officers has raced to the village to assess the situation.

Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has strongly condemned the shooting and killing in Gamnom village.

“My government cannot tolerate such an act of challenging the life of the peace-loving people of the state. Violence has no place in a democracy. I condemn the excessive action of the terrorist in the strongest terms,” said CM Biren Singh.

Top police officers have been ordered to take the necessary precautions to protect the public’s safety.

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