CRPF jawans killed in mine blast in Sukma Naxal attack

CRPF jawans killed in mine blast in Sukma Naxal attack

CRPF jawans killed in mine blast in Sukma Naxal attack

A few days later on April 24, 25 personnel of the paramilitary were killed in a similar ambush in Sukma.

The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh, said he is "deeply anguished" after the death of the CRPF personnel.

"The Maoists were heard communicating on a Chinese communication set that one Maoist was killed in the incident", the CRPF officer said.

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Around 8am this morning, 11 men of the elite Cobra forces, specially trained to tackle Maoist insurgency, were travelling from Kistaram to Paloda in Sukma, where an anti-Naxal operation was already going on.

Again at about 12:30 pm, the Maoists targeted another team from the 212 battalion of the CRPF between Kistaram and Palodi in Sukma in which an MRAP was blown up with an improvised explosive device.

There were reports that the TCOC was launched by the Naxals early this year, from late February as compared to March-end, the official said. As per information received, 9 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom and 3 are injured. He added that extra forces have reached the location and there is now no firing going on. "To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery", the second tweet said.

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Meanwhile, two injured CRPF personnel were airlifted to state capital Raipur and admitted to a private hospital. The deadly blow comes almost a year after two ambush attack in Sukhma's region one in Bheji in April led to an attack on 74 battalion claimed 25 lives in April last year.

The security forces were carrying out search operations in the area when the rebels detonated three explosives and started firing on the paramilitary soldiers, The Hindu reported. "It will not lower the morale of security forces".

The incident has happened around a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district. All the personnel were killed due to the impact of the blast even as many were thrown out of the vehicle, officials told PTI. He also apprised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the condition of the injured.

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