Published On: Tue, Mar 13th, 2018

Nine CRPF personnel martyred in Maoist attack in Sukma

Raipur: At least nine CRPF personnel were martyred and ten others injured on Tuesday in a Maoist attack when their Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) blew up in the restive Sukma district of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division.

In an ongoing operation in Sukma District, an encounter took place with Naxals around 8 am

The attack took place in Kistaram when the personnel were out on a combing operation on the MPV. The team of CRPF jawans of thw 212 battalion was targeted by rebels who used heavy explosives to blow up the vehicle and had triggered several IEDs, police officials said confirming that nine personnel were killed in the blast.

“In an ongoing operation in Sukma District, an encounter took place with Naxals around 8 am on Tuesday. Seeing the response of 208 CoBRA naxals initially fled away,” said CRPF spokesperson Moses Dinakaran.

” Again at about 12.30 pm Naxals targeted another team of 212 battalion CRPF in between Kistaram and Palodi in Sukma in which a Mine Protection Vehicle was blown of by triggering IED. As per information received 9 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom and 3 are injured,” he added.

The injured personnel are being evacuated by a helicopter to Raipur, the CRPF official said.

Earlier in the day, Maoists had staged a similar attack but they fled after the CRPF personnel retaliated the fire.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a tweet said, “my heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG @crpfindia regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.”

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