One killed in landmine explosion

Koraput: A member of a bomb disposal squad was killed, another critically injured and one more went missing when a landmine they were trying to defuse exploded in  Koraput district today.

The team members had successfully defused one and were trying to neutralise the other landmine, allegedly planted by Maoists, when it went off at Alampada, SDPO, Sunabeda, Ashok Patnaik said.

The deceased was identified as Sasikanta Rout, he said, adding that Munu was admitted to a private nursing home with injuries and will be shifted to Koraput Government hospital shortly. Efforts were being made to trace the third team member, he added.