A bomb blast took place at Koirengei in Manipur’s Imphal West district on Thursday morning. Police said no one was injured in the explosion as it occurred early in the morning.

The explosion took place in front of the shop of one Mohammad Tolen in Imphal East District at around 4 a.m. on Thursday morning, said a police official.

No insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Police teams immediately rushed to the spot and a search operation was on to nab the perpetrators.

Security forces including Army and para-military Assam Rifles are on high alert in Manipur after Saturday’s deadliest terror attack in which an Assam Rifles Colonel Viplav Tripathi and four jawans of the para-military force were gunned down in Churachandpur district bordering Myanmar.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) jointly with Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) militants, armed with sophisticated weapons, had also killed Tripathi’s wife, their nine-year-old son in the ambush.

After Saturday’s bloodiest militant attack, the security forces recovered a huge cache of powerful Improvised Explosive Devices, fitted with a mobile phone handset and digital watch, from three separate locations in Manipur.

Months ahead of the assembly elections in Manipur, militant activities have increased in the northeastern state with the authorities having asked the security forces to intensify vigil in the sensitive, mixed populated and vulnerable areas.

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