At least eight CRPF personnel killed in Naxal attack in Sukma district (Express Photo/Representational)
At least eight personnel of the 212 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and six were injured in a powerful IED blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Tuesday. Personnel were conducting an area-domination operation in a forest in the Kistaram area, when their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was reportedly blown up, possibly by several explosives. Reinforcements were rushed to the spot soon after the attack.
According to official sources, the casualties are likely to rise. Of the six injured, four are in a critical condition.
Kistaram is by far one of the most sensitive areas even by Sukma standards. Right on southern tip, thus far most access to Kistaram, which has a CRPF camp is through Telangana. Chhattisgarh forces have been trying to build a road from Chintalnar/Chintagufa@IndianExpress
Last April, in the biggest Maoist attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh in the last seven years, 25 jawans were killed and six injured in an ambush in the Burkapal area of Sukma. According to officials, personnel from the 74th Battalion of CRPF were ambushed after emerging from their camp to secure an under-construction road in the area.