Imphal: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday said that there is no certain information to indicate the involvement of any kind of foreign hand in the recent militant attack and ambush that killed an Assam Rifles Commanding Officer, his family and four other personnel in Manipur’s Churachandpur district.

The Ministry, through a written reply in Lok Sabha on the recent ambush on Assam Rifles convoy, informed that an extensive operation was conducted in surrounding areas by security forces to nab insurgents involved in the incident.

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) has begun its probe into the attack, the Ministry added.

It may be noted that the two banned Manipur-based insurgent organisations – People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) – had claimed responsibility for the terror attack and deadly ambush near Sehkan village in Churachandpur district of Manipur on November 13.

In a statement, the insurgent groups stated that they were not aware that the commanding officer was travelling along with his family, and regretted killing the CO’s wife and their eight-year-old son, who were part of the convoy that was ambushed in Manipur.

However, they warned the security forces against bringing their family members to a place that has been declared as ‘disturbed area’ by the Government of India.

Meanwhile, restrictions have been imposed on the movement of people under Singngat sub-division in Churachandpur as security forces and state paramilitary are on high-alert.

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