Naxals on a killing spree, third attack in three days

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Naxals are on killing spree it seems in Chhattisgarh . In its third attack in three days,  one Border Security Force soldier was killed in a gunbattle with the rebels in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district. A group of Naxals opened indiscriminate firing on security personnel who were carrying out patrolling in the proximity of Chhote Baithiya BSF camp under Bande police station area , Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said.

A gunbattle erupted between security forces and ultras and the rebels soon fled to the core forests, he added. “A BSF head constable succumbed to bullet injuries, sustained during the gunfight, while being taken to a local hospital,” the SP said.  Soon after the incident, reinforcements were rushed to the spot, he said adding that a combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the assailants.

Naxals torched 17 transport vehicles and machines at an iron ore mine in the Barbaspur village in the Kanker district. In a deadly attack few days earlier, seven policemen were killed while 12 others were injured in an ambush by Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

The encounter took place in the worst-affected Pidmel-Polampalli area of the district when a squad of state police STF was out on operations around noon. “Seven of our troops have been martyred while at least ten injured in the encounter,” Additional Director General of Police (Anti-Naxal operations) RK Vij said.

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