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Chhattisgarh: 6 injured as Naxals target BSF party in Bijapur with IED blast, encounter underway

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According to reports, the BSF jawans were returning from election duty when the rebels ambushed them.

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Raipur Updated on: November 14, 2018 11:20 IST
The IED blast took place when the vehicle
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The IED blast took place when the vehicle carrying BSF personnel who were being deinducted from election duty. (IndiaTV)


Five security personnel, including four BSF jawans, and a civilian were injured when Naxals blew up a truck with an IED in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Wednesday, a senior police official said.

The incident took place around 9 am at Bijapur Ghati, located around 7 km from Bijapur town, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations), Sundarraj P told said.

"Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, belonging to 414th battalion, a District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan, and a civilian, who was driving the vehicle, received injuries in the improvised explosive device (IED) blast," he said.

Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured persons were shifted to a local hospital, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the region.

Bijapur is located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur. 

Assembly polling in 10 Naxal-affected constituencies - Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal and Kondagaon - took place on November 12.

The Naxalites have called for a boycott of polls in Chhattisgarh and have executed half a dozen attacks in last 15 days, three of them major ones which left 13 people dead including a cameraperson of national broadcaster Doordarshan who was covering the election campaign. 

Three police personnel, besides the DD cameraman, were killed in the Maoist attack in Aranpur area of Dantewada on on October 30. 

Before that on October 27, four CRPF personnel, belonging to 168th battalion were were killed and two others injured after Maoists blew up their bullet proof bunker vehicle in Awapalli area of Bijapur district. 

On November 8, four civilians and a CISF jawan were killed when Naxals detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. 

WATCH: Naxal attack in Bijapur, 6 BSF jawans injured

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