Nine CRPF jawans killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district

WION Web Team
Sukma, Chhattisgarh, India Published: Mar 13, 2018, 10:57 AM(IST)

The rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle, an official said. Photograph:( ANI )

At least nine CRPF personnel were killed and three others injured when Maoists blew up an anti-landmine vehicle in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, said a senior police official.

Talking to media, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations, DM Awasthi said the security force has reached the spot and no firing has been reported at present.

"A patrolling party was going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle which was targeted by Naxals with an IED. The extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present," he said.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the killings of nine CRPF personnel in a suspected Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh and described the incident as "deeply distressing".

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The Naxals attacked the 212 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The CRPF personnel were carrying out an area-domination operation in the area when their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was reportedly blown up.

The blast also injured few CRPF personnel, who have been evacuated by helicopter to Raipur for medical treatment.

SK Sood, Former DG, BSF on Sukma attack said,''CRPF has been repeatedly suffering big losses in this area, this means the CRPF authority is not taking remedial action, we should learn from mistakes.'' 

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Last April, in the biggest Maoist attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh in the last seven years, 25 jawans were killed and six injured in an ambush in the Burkapal area of Sukma.

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