Incident Summary:

12/15/2016: Assailants armed with grenade launchers and assault rifles attacked police personnel in Lockchao, Tengnoupal, Manipur, India. This was one of three attacks targeting police in Manipur on this date. At least three police officers were killed in this incident and four others were injured across two of the three attacks. No group claimed responsibility for the incidents; however, sources suspected that the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) had carried out the attacks, which the group denied.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Tengnoupal district

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Lockchao area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB)
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
M79 grenade launchers and M16 assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent the division of the total number of those wounded across incidents 201612150001 and 201612150002.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Nearly 70 militants of NSCN(IM) attack Manipur Rifles and 7th IRB post, snatch 20 weapons," IBNS, December 17, 2016."
"Manipur: Volatility Persists in Chandel," India Blooms, December 26, 2016."
"4 policemen killed in attacks by militants in Manipur," Chandigarh Tribune, December 15, 2016."