Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Northern Range, L T Hrangchal informed that R L Pianmawia, Chairman of the 'Mizoram Assembly Committee on Government Assurances' and two other members -- Lalthanliana and lone woman legislator Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu -- accompanied by state assembly officials were on official tour to the area when the militants ambushed their vehicle at around 8.30 AM.

Three people, including Sub-Inspector Zoramthara Khawlhring, driver Chuailova and constable Hmangaihmawia, all belonging to the First battalion of the Mizoram Armed Police (MAP), died, he added.

Five people including Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Sakawrdai, Zarzoliana suffered bullet injuries in the ambush.

Those injured were being brought to Aizawl for medical treatment by helicopter. The three legislators and other officials were reported to have been safe.

The HPC (D) militants seized two AK-47 Assault Rifles and four pistols from the policemen before escaping across the Mizoram-Manipur-Assam border.

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