Blasts in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district kills nine CRPF men

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Commenting on the health condition of five injured jawans, the doctors attending them claimed that three of the jawans are said to be in a critical state.

The attack took place in Kistaram when the personnel were out on a combing operation on the MPV.

Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala recalled a gruesome attack in Sukma a year ago in which 26 CRPF personnel were killed and said the BJP government had not learnt any lessons from the 2017 ambush. "As per information received 9 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom and 3 are injured", he added. "There have been 23 major naxalite attacks after demonetisation in which 97 security personnel were martyred and 121 civilians killed".

Meanwhile confirming the attack, Special DG of Anti Naxal Operations in Chhattisgarh's Sukma, DM Awasthi said that the attack took place when the patrolling party was on its way to Palodi.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted about the incident saying, "Today's IED blast in Sukma, Chhattisgarh is deeply distressing".

The personnel were conducting an area-domination operation in forests located in the Kistaram area when the unfortunate incident happened.

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March 11, 2014: 15 security personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

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.

Officials said the Maoist cadre led by elusive Naxal commander Hidma and his PLGA (Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army) battalion no 1 could be behind the deadly attack.

Surjewala said BJP president Amit Shah who had previous year started the party's expansion plan from Naxalbari should instead have planned how to tackle Naxalism with the prime minister.

Reports pouring in from Chhattisgarh said a gunfight broke out in the area during morning between specially trained COBRA force and Naxals and the vehicle that was targeted was a reinforcement rushing to the area.