Eight CRPF personnel killed in Maoist attack in Sukma

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The injured personnel are being evacuated by a helicopter to Raipur, the CRPF official said.

Today's attack comes nearly 11 days after security personnel killed 10 alleged Naxalites in the state. The Naxals used a massive amount of explosives for the blast.

The incident, that took place during a search operation, came days after ten ultras were killed in a gunfight with security forces along Chhattisgarh-Telengana border on March two. Two jawans were grievously injured in the blast carried out by Naxals.

To make their presence felt in the area, the first camp, identified as "P", has been established in close vicinity of the Indravati river. The deadly blow comes almost a year after two ambush attack in Sukhma's region one in Bheji in April led to an attack on 74 battalion claimed 25 lives in April last year.

The jawans of the paramilitary force, including Lenka, were reportedly attacked when they were on their way from Kistaram to Palodi, conducting an area-domination operation.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed grief over the loss of lives of police personnel in Sukma blast.

New Delhi, Mar 13 President Ram Nath Kovind today condoled the death of nine CRPF personnel in naxal violence in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district and said the country remains firm in its resolve to take on and defeat all forms of terrorism. "I spoke to Director General (DG) CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh", he tweeted. "The extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present".

Earlier in the day, Maoists had staged a similar attack but they fled after the CRPF personnel retaliated the fire.

Over nine years to 2017, 2,811 terrorist incidents were reported in Jammu and Kashmir; 497 security forces have been killed, according to home ministry data.

25 CRPF soldiers were killed and seven others were critically injured in the attack by Maoists in Sukma, which was one of the deadliest in recent years.

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