At least five persons, including two 10-year-old girls, were killed and 8 injured when militants activated a powerful IED explosion at the crowded Sanghakpam Bazaar in Manipur’s Imphal East district on Monday.
Police found parts of a scooter lying spotted all over the site following the explosion that took place near a barber’s shop. Locals’ reports said that the dead integrated 2 school girls and 3 non-Manipuris, including the barber.
Four of the fatalities were recognized as Jawahir Thakur (45) from Bihar, his son, Muna (20) and Th Neha and Philaso. Neha and Philsao were studying in Class III at a state-run primary school in the Chingmeirong area, which is close to Sanghakpam. The barber is yet to be recognized.
The injured were enduring treatment at different hospitals in the city. The bodies of the dead were sending to the mortuary of a government-run hospital. No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion.
This is not the 1st time that rebels in Manipur have set off blasts by planting bombs on two-wheelers. In October 2008, a similar blast had rocked the high-security Ragialong area which killed 18 people.