4 OSAP jawans ‘killed’ in landmine blast

Koraput: At least four jawans of Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP) are feared to have been killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected extremists near Mungarbhumi area on Sunki hill in Maoist-infested Koraput district on Wednesday.

Police said, the incident happened when the personnel were moving in a van. The van in which they were travelling in has been severely damaged in the incident.

However, the top cops have so far not made any official confirmation about casualties and role of Maoists behind the onslaught.

“Our officers rushed to the spot. We are waiting for reports,” said a police officer.

Sources said that the OSAP jawans were on the way to Cuttack to attend a training programme.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolence to the deceased families and described the incident as ‘an act of cowardice’.

“Strongly condemn the cowardly act & condole martyrdom of police personnel in the landmine blast. My deep sympathies with bereaved families,” tweeted Patnaik.