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  • The IED was recovered and later defused by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jharkhand Police.

Ranchi: Security forces have foiled a major Maoist attack by recovering a 40-kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Jharkhand's Giridih district.

The IED was recovered and later defused by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jharkhand Police on Friday afternoon following a tip-off.

On getting information that Maoists have planted an IED in the forest area of village Tengrakhurd under Nimiyaghat police station to target the security forces, an operation was immediately launched by the troops of Quick Action Team (QAT) 154 CRPF and state police to detect and defuse the IED and avert any losses, said the CRPF.

"The troops carefully searched the area looking for probable clues of the IED. The troops recovered an IED weighing about 40 kg in a steel container with a command mechanism to trigger the explosion," said the CRPF.

Meanwhile, in Odisha, during an exchange of fire with Maoists on the Boudh-Kandhamal border, at least two jawans sustained multiple injuries. The injured jawans were airlifted to Bhubaneswar with the assistance of a doctor. 

The Odisha Director General of Police Abhay, who was on a tour to Malkangiri and Koraput districts, changed his programme and diverted his chopper to Boudh to airlift the jawans. The DGP along with senior police officials, who were on a tour to Malkangiri and Koraput districts to review anti-LWE work, when heard the news at Sunabeda, changed their programme and rushed to Padelpada in Boudh.

An IAF (Indian Air Force) helicopter was also requisitioned but could not make it because of bad weather en route. But, the BSF pilot immediately took an alternative route and landed at a very small place named Padelpada, and successfully airlifted the injured jawans, the DGP informed.

He thanked the doctor of Kantamal PHC, who immediately came for the service, even without changing his dress.

Now, both the commandos are under treatment at AIIMS Bhubaneswar and stated to be stable. Operation has been intensified in the area, the police said.

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