Nine Indian Security Personnel Killed in Blast Allegedly Triggered by Insurgents

Pauline Gross
March 14, 2018

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. "I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans", he said.

The impact of the explosion was such that the MPV was tossed eight to ten feet in the air before it crashed on the ground, throwing many personnel out of the vehicle, officials said. "I bow to each and every security personnel who was martyred defending the nation", Rajnath Singh, India's Minister of Home Affairs said in a statement, according to Times of India.

"There have been 23 major naxalite attacks after demonetisation in which 97 security personnel were martyred and 121 civilians killed".

Following the incident, the former DG BSF SK Sood while speaking on the Sukma attack said, "CRPF has been repeatedly suffering big losses in this area, this means the CRPF authority is not taking remedial action, we should learn from mistakes".

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh met the injured CRPF personnel in the hospital.

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Notably, nine jawans were killed after ablast was followed by a heavy exchange of fire between the security forces and the Maoists in which the Maoists also suffered a severe blow, said Vivekanand Sinha, Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar.

Officials added that the first encounter between the two sides took place at 8 am and later this contingent was targeted by the Maoists. "The extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present".

Recently, at least 12 Maoists were killed in an "encounter" in Chattisgarh by a joint team of Greyhounds and special police personnel. He said that India salutes the fearless CRPF personnel.

Twelve personnel of the force were killed on March 11, 2017, in the Bheji area of the district and their arms looted, when Naxals ambushed their patrol party.

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