Six CISF personnel and a civilian driver were killed when Maoists attacked their vehicle inside an iron ore plant of the National Mineral Development Corporation in Dantewada late on Sunday night. The Maoists also looted the weapons of the securitymen before escaping.
The heavily-guarded plant,one of the biggest facilities of the NMDC,is located in the heart of Kirandul town,next to a police thana.
The Maoists are suspected to have come from the Bailadila hills and escaped back there after the attack.
Seven persons have died. A private vehicle was on a CISF duty when Maoists attacked it at around 9:45 pm. The details are awaited, said Dantewada SP Narendra Khare,adding that the CISF commandant had rushed to the spot.
However,when The Indian Express reached the NMDC plant,the gate was wide open and there were no security personnel. The damaged vehicle was lying inside.