The drone attacked the outfit’s camp in Myanmar’s Sagaing region, where the MPA’s anniversary was being held. The MPA anniversary function was about to conclude when a drone which was suspected to be operated from a nearby location dropped a bomb at the site, said a source. Meanwhile, there are also reports that two high-intensity bomb blasts in India-Myanmar border near Moreh town in Manipur on February 10.
One died and seven others, including a woman, were injured on Thursday in a mystery drone attack on an event organised to mark the 36th anniversary of Manipur People Army (MPA), the armed wing of the proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF), Manipur, a highly placed source said on Friday.
The source said the drone attacked the outfit’s camp in Myanmar’s Sagaing region, where the MPA’s anniversary was being held. The MPA anniversary function was about to conclude when a drone which was suspected to be operated from a nearby location dropped a bomb at the site, it added.
The source further said the drone first dropped an incendiary bomb but did not go off. However, the second bomb exploded, killing one cadre belonging to a Naga community on the spot and leaving seven others, including a woman cadre, injured. Among the injured, three persons are said to be in critical condition.
Meanwhile, a press statement issued by UNLF’s Deputy Secy. of Publicity M Sak-hen said the outfit celebrated the 35th anniversary of MPA on Thursday at MPA general headquarters, the outfit’s central headquarters and its units.
The main event of the anniversary which began at 9 am was held at MPA general headquarters and the outfit’s central headquarters. MPA’s COAS, VCOAS and GSO graced the event organised at general headquarters. The anniversary was also celebrated at External & Regional Affairs’ headquarters, External Affairs’ LAKSA Unit headquarters, BPMA headquarters and the party’s district units. A simple function was also held at 293 Bn to mark the occasion, said the statement.
The anniversary event commenced with the observance of a two-minute silence in remembrance and honour of martyrs, paying floral tributes, the unfurling of MPA flag by COAS and reading out of messages of MAC chairman and COAS. Names of the new office bearers were also announced.
The statement offered gratitude to those who extended physical, ideological and financial support to the outfit and to the media persons. The statement did not mention the attack on its camp in Sagaing region.
In other incidents, two high-intensity bomb blasts in Myanmar rocked Moreh town in Manipur on February 10. As per reports, the blast took place 150 metres from the international border in Myanmar. However, due to the high intensity, the shockwaves of the blast were also felt in Manipur, said reports.