Raipur: Six security personnel were killed in an IED blast in Cholanar village of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh on Sunday.
Three of the martyred jawans were from the Chhattisgarh Armed Force and two from the District Force. Details of the sixth jawan were not known till filing of this story.
Besides these, two jawans were injured in the attack.
As per the news agency report soon after the attack, troops of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) rushed to the spot.
The attack took place around 11 am when the jawans were heading to a road-construction site near Cholanar in a jeep.
“Six jawans were killed and one injured according to preliminary investigation. Search operation is being held by security forces. The blast could be of high intensity, but the exact details will come after the investigation,” Sunder Raj P, DIG Anti-Naxal Operation.
Four INSAS rifles and two AK-47 rifles that the jawans were armed with are also reportedly missing.
Speaking to India Today TV, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Vivekanad Sinha confirmed the death of five jawans. He said an alert has been issued in the area and an operation is on.