9 CRPF men killed in Sukma as Naxals blow up mine-protected vehicle
Raipur/New Delhi, Mar. 13 (PTI): Nine CRPF men were killed after suspected Naxals blew up their mine-protected vehicle in Chhattisgarh's Sukma on Tuesday, around a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district.
Officials said the ambush took place around 12:30pm along the Kistaram-Palodi road of the district when the troops of the 212th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force were out on an operation.
At least nine men have been killed, while two other jawans suffered injuries after the mine-protected vehicle was blown up by multiple improvised explosive devices concealed under the dirt track, a senior official said.
The injured are being airlifted to Raipur, they said.
The rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle, a state police official said.
Reinforcements were rushed to the spot, around 500km from state capital Raipur, he said.
Officials added that the first encounter between the two sides took place at 8am and later this contingent was targeted by the Maoists.
Twelve men of the force were killed on March 11 last year in the Bheji area of the district when Naxals ambushed their patrol party and later took away their weapons.
On April 24, 25 personnel of the CRPF were killed in a similar ambush in Sukma.