IED explodes in South Garo Hills, five policemen hurt
A powerful IED exploded at a road in Meghalaya's South Garo Hills district injuring five policemen, who were travelling through a remote village from the area, police said on Saturday.
Shillong: A powerful IED exploded at a road in Meghalaya's South Garo Hills district injuring five policemen, who were travelling through a remote village from the area, police said on Saturday.
The IED went off at Rongrakgre village, 10 kms away from Chokpot, seriously injuring all the five occupants of a gypsy vehicle last evening, they said.
Injured Havildar B Baitha and constable K Sangma have been shifted to Guwahati for treatment, district SP Lakador Syiem told PTI.
The three others were shifted to Tura Civil Hospital for treatment.
The incident comes a day after suspected banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants attacked the residence of East Garo Hills district Addl SP indiscriminately firing and hurling bombs at the entrance.
At the time of yesterday's incident, about 10 policemen of the 3rd battalion were traveling in two vehicles to supply food stock and returning towards Sibbari.
Preliminary investigation by police indicates that the militants may have used a remote detonator to trigger the blast.
An intensive search has been launched, the SP said.
Armed personnel also known as road opening parties patrolled several sections of the Chokpot road to check militant activity including IEDs earlier in the day.