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8 CRPF men killed in IED blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district

Press Trust of India/Raipur 13 Mar 18 | 02:49 PM

Last year, twenty six Central Reserve Paramilitary Force jawans were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district. Photo: Reuters

Eight personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed when suspected Maoists blew up their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district today, an official said.

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

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

"Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast," he said.

The security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest of Kistaram when the Maoists blew up the CRPF's mine-protected vehicle, he said.

The rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle, the official said.

Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot,he said, adding that further details were awaited.

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