4 cops killed, 7 hurt in fourth Naxal strike in Chhattisgarh in 72 hours

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Four security personnel were on Monday killed and seven others injured, when Naxal insurgents blew up an anti-landmine vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, the fourth attack in three days.

The blast occurred on Cholnar-Kirandul road under Kirandul police station limits when the security personnel were patrolling along a road construction route in the region on Monday, said SRP Kalluri, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range.

The mine-protected vehicle, with 11 state police jawans aboard, was dispatched from Cholnar camp to ensure security for the construction work underway in the region, located around 450 km from capital Raipur, when the rebels triggered the blast. “Of the injured seven, two are said to be in a serious condition,” he said.

Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured personnel were admitted to a local hospital, he said. A combing operation has been launched to nab the attackers, the IG added. This is the fourth major attack by Naxals in the insurgency-hit state in three days.

Earlier in the day, a BSF jawan was killed when Naxals opened fire on security personnel patrolling the Chhote Baithiya Border Security Force camp in Kanker district.

Naxals had on Sunday allegedly set ablaze at least 17 vehicles engaged in mining work in Kanker and seven STF personnel were killed and 10 injured on Saturday when insurgents ambushed them in forests of Pidmel village under Polampalli

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