IMPHAL, February 4: A highly powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found planted near the northern wall of the Bir Tikendrajit Memorial Complex at Hicham Yaichampat this morning around 5:15 am.
IRB personnel on duty at the M/S Krishna Premi Oil City found the explosives, following which, Police blocked traffic along the road and called a bomb expert team who safely removed the explosives.
Sources informed that the explosive which weighed around 2.5kg was found inside a steel tiffin. An electric circuit and an antenna were also found from near the tiffin. Police said the IED could have been planted to explode using a remote control device.
NNN adds: A bomb exploded last night around 9 pm at Makhan village under Sadar Hills in Senapati district close to the building of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University which is now under construction. No human casualties were reported in the explosion. Makhan village is located about 12 km from Gamnom Sapermeina Police Station.
Shortly after the explosion, the villagers caught two persons who they accused them as the assailants and later handed them over to the police. They were identified as Ngangbam Romen Meitei aged 29, son of Ng Iboton, a resident of Kanglatombi and Konsam Ibungo aged 32, son of late K Lalji of Phumlou.
However, it was not confirmed if the duo was the real assailants who triggered the blast.