Updated: April 3, 2021 10:10:41 pm
As many as five security personnel were killed and at least 12 others injured on Saturday in an exchange of fire with Naxals in a forest along the border between Bijapur and Sukma districts in Chhattisgarh.
The police said the body of a woman Maoist was also recovered from the encounter spot.
According to Director General of Police DM Awasthi, the encounter broke out in Tarrem area when a joint team of security forces was out on an anti-Naxal operation, news agency PTI reported. Personnel belonging to the CRPF’s elite unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF) were involved in the operation.
Two MI 17 helicopters and nine ambulances have been rushed to the spot for evacuation.
The latest incident comes nearly two weeks after five personnel of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) were killed and several injured in an IED blast — the first major Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh this year — in Narayanpur.
Senior officials said the security personnel were travelling as part of an anti-Naxal operation in the dense Abujhmad forests. The blast occurred at around 4.15 pm, on the Kanhargaon-Kadenar road on March 23.
With PTI inputs
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