Are militants using 'snipers' in Manipur? BSF jawan was standing on the roof of the school, shot in the throat

Imphal: Despite all the efforts being made by the Manipur government, the violence in the state is not coming to an end. Recently, a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier was martyred in Serou Sugnu area of the state. According to a statement issued by the security forces, on the night of June 5 and 6, Kuki militants attacked Serou Practical High School in Serou area of Sugnu police station area of Kakching district. The militants opened fire on the BSF personnel, after which the BSF personnel also retaliated. A BSF jawan was killed in the firing from both sides.

According to reports, a week before the killing of a BSF trooper in Manipur's Kakching district on Tuesday (June 7), another BSF jawan was killed in a similar manner in the border town of Moreh. Amidst all this, what is more worrying for the security forces in Manipur is that the way soldiers are being killed by precision firing from a distance, it means that terrorists are using snipers. Sources said that since Kuki militant groups are not known to use snipers, the security forces are now trying to find out if the armed groups, largely civilians, have received any training in precision firing. However, it is not yet clear who shot the two jawans, as no arrests have been made in the cases.

The jawan was wearing a bullet-proof jacket and helmet:

A security official in Manipur said, "The soldier was standing on the roof of the building wearing a bulletproof jacket and helmet. He suffered a neck injury in the firing. The firing was done from nearby hills. It doesn't seem to be the handiwork of untrained hands, but SoO groups aren't known to use snipers. SoO refers to the suspension of operation agreement signed between the Kuki militant groups and the government on August 22, 2008."

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