10 security personnel killed in Naxal attack

Raipur: In the second brazen attack in as many days, Naxals today blew up an anti-landmine vehicle, killing 10 security personnel in Chhattisgarh`s Dantewada district.

The anti-landmine vehicle of the security forces was approaching a bridge near Gatan village when the Naxals triggered a powerful blast and opened indiscriminate fire on them, police said.

Seven Special Police Officers (SPO) and three police jawans were killed when their vehicle was tossed in the air by the powerful blast, they said.

Three of the injured have been rushed to a hospital in Bastar district headquarter.

The Naxals had yesterday opened indiscriminate fire near the camp of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Naraynpur district, killing four jawans and leaving another injured.

Giving details of the incident, senior police officials said two police vehicles from police headquarters were on their to Katikalyan area of the district.

As soon as they reached a bridge near Gatan village, the Naxals triggered a powerful landmine blast damaging the anti-landmine vehicle and opened indiscriminate fire at the police personnel.

The police force retaliated following which the Naxals fled from the spot. The condition of the four injured jawans is critical, they said. A strong police team has been rushed to the spot and another is scouting the jungles of the area to trace the Naxals.

The attack comes at a time when the Naxals are observing `Janpituri` week when they hold celebrations and also carry out attacks. The week is celebrated in the second week of June every year.

Dantewada is a Naxal hotbed. Two years back, Naxals had killed 76 CRPF jawans in an attack in the district. Naxals have killed 30 police personnel in the state this year.