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Centre orders ‘strongest action’ after 18 Indian Army men killed in Manipur ambush

Officials said the military operations directorate was monitoring operations through the day.

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Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the government has taken the matter “very seriously”.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemning the “mindless attack” that killed 18 Army men in Manipur, Home Ministry officials in New Delhi said that an operation has been launched to trace the militants involved.

Hours after the attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting that was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army chief Dalbir Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, apart from senior officials, to evaluate the situation.

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Sources said the Home Minister ordered that the “strongest action” be taken against the attackers. The Centre has also ordered all security installations in Manipur and neighbouring Nagaland to be placed on alert to prevent further attacks, they added.

Officials said the military operations directorate was monitoring operations through the day and coordinating closely with the Dimapur-based 3 Corps, which controls the operational area where the attack took place.

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“Today’s mindless attack in Manipur is very distressing. I bow to each and every soldier who has sacrificed his life for the nation,” PM Modi said.

“Deeply distressed after the news of attack on Army convoy in Manipur. We will not allow the sacrifices of our soldiers to go waste,” Home Minister Singh said.

Describing the incident as “extremely unfortunate”, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the government has taken the matter “very seriously”.

“Some people want to disrupt the peace process. I extend my condolences to the families of martyred soldiers,” he said.

“Those who have committed this cowardly attack will be brought to book. The Army will continue to work towards bringing peace and normalcy in the state,” Defence Minister Parrikar said.

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