Nine killed in encounter in Manipur

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Imphal, Mar 12 (UNI) Eight militants and a woman were killed in three different encounters between security personnel and insurgents in Manipur during the last 24 hours, police said.

Four People's Liberation Army (PLA) cadres were shot dead by 18 Assam Rifles and 21 Field Para Regiment yesterday at Khoibu Khullen in Chandel district. In the encounter a woman, identified as Moikham Singlei, was also killed and her son injured.

The combined force had attacked the militants and a fighting ensued which continued for more than two hours. Four bodies of militants had been recovered so far. Police were still looking for presence of militants in the area. A light machine gun and three AK rifles were also recovered.

Police said two People's United Liberation Front activists were also gunned down. Some demand notes were seized from their posession.

One of them was the finance collector of the outfit, police added.

Meanwhile, family members of one of the deceased refused to collect the body, saying he was 'innocent'.

In another incident, police said two militants were killed by unknown assailants. Both of them were shot yesterday. While one died on the spot, the other succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

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