Militants today exploded two powerful bombs in Manipur's Imphal West district, killing two civilians and leaving five others seriously injured.
An improvised explosive device (IED) went off at Yaiskul bus stand near Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh's office-cum-residence here at 6.20 AM, officials said.
The blast left two dead and injured five others seriously. The victims were identified as Hollun Taothang (45), a businessman from Churachandpur district, and Laishram Brojen (32) from Imphal East district.
The five injured persons were taken to Regional Institute of Medical Science and Hospital (RIMSH) in a serious condition.
The victims were either waiting for a vehicle to go to the border town of Moreh or were taking a morning stroll when the incident occurred.
Militants also exploded an IED bomb at a roadside while security personnel were conducting a foot patrol at Moidangpok area, about 5 Kms west of here, at around 10 AM. However, there was no casualty, they said.
Security personnel immediately took up position after the explosion and later searched the area but no arrest could be made.
Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Gaikhangam visited the injured persons at the RIMSH and gave Rs 5000 each to their family members to meet immediate expenses for medical treatment.
Condemning the incidents, Chief Minister Ibobi Singh and Gaikhangam, who also holds home portfolio, held meetings with police and security officials to discuss the latest situation.
They said all police and security posts in the twin districts of Imphal East and Imphal West have been asked to step up patrolling and checking of suspected persons to intercept the movement of militants.
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