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A Naxal was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said on Friday. The skirmish took place late last evening between a team of Border Security Force (BSF) and the ultras in a forest near Gome village under Koyalibeda police station limits, a senior police official told PTI.
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The killed Naxal was identified as Shobhi Ram Kawachi (30), member of Panidobir LOS (local organisation squad) of Maoists, he said. Since November 9, eight BSF teams were carrying out anti-Naxal operations in the forests of Koyalibeda and adjoining Abhujmarh, a Maoist bastion, around 350 km from in Raipur.
A group of rebels opened indiscriminate fire on a patrolling party and fled when the security personnel zeroed in on them, the officer added. During subsequent search, body of a male Naxal and three single barrel muzzle loading (SBML) guns, four bags, sharp edged weapons, gun-powder and other items were recovered.
The search operation in the area was still on, he said.