An explosion killed two people and wounded one other person in Manipur state's Noney district on Friday, February 1. The three victims, two teenage sisters and their mother, were clearing farmland in the Subunglong forest near Leishok. The explosion was reportedly caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) possibly left by an insurgent group active in the area, though further details are still emerging. Low-level violence, including attacks on security forces, and the presence of hidden IEDs remain a threat in Manipur and surrounding areas.
Manipur state and neighboring states in northeast India are sites of several ongoing insurgencies. Violence is primarily due to separatist movements and ethnic conflict. An estimated 5500 people have been killed in Manipur since the 1960s.
Individuals in Manipur, and northeastern India more generally, are advised to remain vigilant for militant and criminal behavior, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and avoid unnecessary travel in rural areas.
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