16 security personnel killed in Maoists blast

At least 16 security personnel lost their lives in an IED blast by Maoists in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli in Jambhurkheda village, this afternoon.  The Maoists allegedly set ablaze over 50 machines and vehicles at a road construction site. All the security personnel belonged to the C60 group, that is, the anti-Maoists operation team.

The vehicle, which was targetted was carrying 16 security personnel from the Kurkheda Quick Response Team of Gadchiroli police and the blast took place between Jamborkheda and Lendhari, according to local police. Earlier in the day, Naxals allegedly set ablaze 27 machines and vehicles at a road construction site in Kurkheda of Gadchiroli district.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ankush Shinde confirmed the number of casualties. The incident took place at Danapur area in Kurkheda Taluka of the district. Exchange of fire is underway between Police and Naxals at the site of the blast. As per reports, a road construction and repair work was taking place for which a JCB machine and cement laden trucks were parked on the roadside. Besides attacking the vehicles, Naxals also bombed a coal tar plant in the Dadapur area.

On April 11, an encounter broke out between CRPF personnel and Naxals in the Naxal affected district of Gadchiroli. In January this year, Naxals set ablaze vehicles in the villages of Kurkheda, Korchi and Potegaon here.

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