Five policemen killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attacks

Five policemen killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attacks

The two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed Sunday in a gun battle with Maoists at Koilibera area in Kanker district, some 250 km south of Rapiur, when a search squad of the BSF came under heavy police firing. The BSF claimed to have killed a few Maoists as well but recovered just one body.

"Maoists carried out a flash attack on a squad of the BSF and the troopers retaliated strongly but we lost one head constable and one constable. Four troopers were injured too," a BSF official told IANS. The injured troopers were rushed to a government hospital.

Three state policemen were killed in another incident in Dantewada district when a police vehicle ran over on a landmine planted by Maoists.

"At least three District Force jawans were killed and four others injured when a powerful landmine blast hit a vehicle carrying a squad the Kirandul area," Dantewada police chief Ankit Gardg told IANS over phone.

Efforts were on to take them to a government hospital at Jagdalpur, headquarters of Bastar region, he added.

Chhattisgarh’s sprawling 40,000 square km Bastar region, comprising five districts, has been a  Maoist hotbed since the late 1980s.

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