Naxals blow up CRPF vehicle, 9 jawans killed

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

"My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast".

Aside from the nine soldiers who died in the latest attack, six were injured, four of whom are reported to be critical. "The CRPF and security forces had been trying to dominate the area".

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

The attack comes days after security forces killed 10 Maoists in an encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District bordering Telangana. "Seeing the response of 208 CoBRA naxals initially fled away", said CRPF spokesperson Moses Dinakaran. "To those who have been injured, I wish a speedy recovery", he added.

Extra force has been deployed at the spot.

Sukma: A view of the 212 CRPF Battalion anti-landmine vehicle that was blown up by Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on March 13, 2018.

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In a tweet, Mr Singh said, he has spoken to the Director General of CRPF regarding the incident and has asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.

"That attack was the biggest one in the past seven years, but BJP government has not learnt any lesson", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, adding that the national security situation was "a direct effect of Modi government's aimless, irresolute and inconsistent polices".

"Anguished at the attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh".

The Congress blamed the Centre's "aimless, irresolute and inconsistent policies" for the attack.

About 100 armed extremists were said to have carried out the attack at around 1000 hrs when they set off an Improvised Explosive Device blast and opened indiscriminate fire on a road opening party of CRPF in the forested Pallodi village under Kistaram police station area.

According to government data presented by Hansraj Gagaram Ahir, India's Minister of State for Home Affairs last week, the number of security personnel killed in Maoistviolence has increased considerably in the last three years.

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