Ranchi: At least six policemen have reportedly been killed and several injured when Maoists triggered a landmine blast targeting their vehicle in Jharkhand’s Palamu district today evening.
According to reports, Maoists triggered a landmine blast targeting a police vehicle in Chattarpur area of the district killing six policemen on the spot. The driver of the vehicle was also killed in the attack. The injured securitymen have been taken to a local hospital.
After the blast, Maoists opened fire on the police party. The encounter between the police and Maoists is still on.
“Maoists targeted a vehicle carrying 12 policemen in Chattarpur village of the district,” Palamu DSP Prabhat Ranjan told news agency ANI.
Palamu DIG Saket Kumar Singh along with other top police officers have rushed to the spot. A massive combing operation is on in the area, which is considered to be a Naxal hot bed.
Earlier on Wednesday, three Maoists were killed in an encounter with the police in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.