Sukma: Names of 9 CRPF Personnel Martyred in IED Blast

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

"Extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present".

At least nine personnel of the 212 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in a powerful IED blast by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Tuesday.

Two jawans out of eleven in the vehicle sustained injuries and were airlifted to Raipur for treatment.

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 Raipur, a paramilitary official told news agency PTI.

According to the officials, the tragic incident took place when a mine-protected vehicle was blown up by the improvised explosive devices hidden under the dirt track. "Eight CRPF personnel martyred in blast during search operation in Chhattisgarh's Sukma".

Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the "cowardly and shameful" attack and said the rebels were afraid that development works would put an end to their activities.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed the incident "deeply distressing" and has asked the CRPF Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar to go to the site. He prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans.

"I bow to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation", he said.

Earlier on the day, Maoists had staged a similar attack but they fled after the CRPF personnel retaliated the fire.

The incident has happened around a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district.

Sukma has been one of the worst insurgency-hit regions in India, having seen decades of bloody conflict between security forces and Left-wing extremists.

Times Now reported that the attack is being seen by officials as a response to the last few encounters in Sukma and other districts.

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