Nine CRPF men killed in Maoists' ambush in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district

Nine CRPF men killed in Maoists' ambush in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district

Nine CRPF men killed in Maoists' ambush in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district

Sukma Superintendent of Police had rushed to the spot with extra force and rescue operation had begun to safely evacuate the victims, he said.

Officials said the incident took place around 12:30 pm along the Kistaram-Palodi road of the district when the troops of the 212th battalion of the CRPF were out on an operation.

The injured personnel were being rescued from the spot and airlifted to the State capital.

The blast occurred when a team of CRPFs 212th battalion was patrolling in a forest in Kistaram area of Sukma, located around 500 kms from here, a paramilitary official told PTI.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed the attack "deeply distressing". Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said that he was "overwhelmed with grief" with the loss of the nine officials.

"Maoists feared that the development works in Bastar will uproot them from the region, therefore, they committed such a cowardly and shameful attack", he added.

The site of the IED blast in Sukma.

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He expressed his condolences on twitter saying, "My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast".

"The martyrdom of security personnel who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties will always be remembered", the chief minister said in a statement.

Attacking the Centre, Gandhi said the incident reflected a "deteriorating" internal security situation due to "flawed policies".

Some jawans were also reported to be injured in the explosion, but there was no official confirmation yet, he said.

Twelve jawans were killed on March 11 past year in the Bheji area of the district and their arms looted, when Maoist ambushed their patrol party.

In the previous year, Naxals killed 25 CRPF jawans.

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