Sukma attack: Death toll of CRPF personnel reaches to 9

9 CRPF Jawans Killed in IED Blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma

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.

The attack comes days after security forces killed 10 Maoists in an encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District bordering Telangana.

The IED-triggered blast was carried out at 12:15 pm.

Post-note ban, Mr. Surjewala alleged, there were 23 major Naxal attacks killing 97 security personnel and 121 civilians; 53 major terror incidents had taken place in Jammu and Kashmir alone, in which 99 security personnel and 64 civilians were killed.

On February 18, 2018, two security force personnel were killed and six injured in a gun battle with Maoists in Sukma district, the Indian Express reported on February 18, 2018. Later around 1245 hours, the Maoists targeted the patrolling team of 212 Battalion.

He took to Twitter and said, "India salutes the courageous CRPF personnel who were martyred in the attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh".

"Nine CRPF men were killed and two others wounded in today's unfortunate attack", D M Awasthi, special director general of police, anti-Naxal operations told the media.

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The blast was followed by a heavy exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in which the rebels also suffered casualties.

April 24, 2017: Maoists killed 25 CRPF personnel and injured seven in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh.

Past year in April, 25 paramilitary personnel were killed in a deadly Naxalite attack in the district.

The incident happened when the troops, who were deployed in the area, were coming to the Palodi camp.

Twelve jawans were killed on March 11 previous year in the Bheji area of the district and their arms looted, when Maoist ambushed their patrol party.

Officials said Maoists, led by their elusive commander Hidma and his PLGA (Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Army) battalion no. 1, could be behind the deadly attack.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also demanded a full report on the attack. "The CRPF and security forces had been trying to dominate the area".

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