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Friday January 27, 2012 07:17:15 PM, IANS

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Imphal: Militants Friday triggered another blast in Manipur on the eve of the assembly polls, creating panic in the state with a string of bombings since polls were announced.

Suspected militants triggered a blast in the Manipur capital at 11.15 a.m. at Thangmeiban Iikamdewan Leiki locality under Imphal West district. One person received minor injuries in the blast, police said. The victim was rushed to the Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Imphal.

Police said the blast -- an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) -- took place at a house and was detonated by a remote device.

Serial blasts have created panic in the state, particularly in the capital, ahead of assembly polls scheduled for Saturday.

On Thursday, suspected militants triggered a blast in Imphal. The place where the blast took place is only 2 km from Kangla Fort, where the state's official Republic Day function was celebrated. No one was injured in the blast.

On Wednesday night, militants exploded two powerful bombs in Kakwa area in Imphal West district. There was no casualty.

On Jan 22, militants triggered a powerful explosion outside the residence of the speaker of the outgoing assembly and Congress party candidate in election-bound Manipur. The blast killed one person and three others.

Three people were injured in a grenade attack Jan 10 when unidentified militants lobbed a grenade outside the residence of K. Joykishen, a Trinamol Congress candidate, on the outskirts of Imphal. Joykishen was present at his residence when the attack took place.

On Jan 6, a ruling Congress party election office came under a grenade attack although no one was injured.

A coordination committee of seven major militant groups of the state called CorCom have called for a ban on all election meetings and campaigning by the Congress candidates in the state. The militant groups had warned of dire consequences if their diktat was violated.

Militant groups in past elections as well targeted the Congress candidates and other politicians and issued similar warnings.

There are more than 20 rebel armies active in Manipur, a state bordering Myanmar, with demands ranging from secession to greater autonomy.




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