Thursday, December 21, 2006

Five killed in landmine blasts in Chhattisgarh

Five killed in landmine blasts in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 21: Five persons, including two security force personnel, were killed and four injured when Naxalites triggered two powerful landmine blasts today in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, a senior police officer said.

"Two special police officers and two villagers were killed on the spot when Maoists targeted their tractor and triggered a landmine blast at Polampalli, about 550 km from the state capital," Dantewada's Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Pal told reporters.

The incident occurred when security forces, after transporting rations to Polampalli police outpost, were bringing in two sick villagers to Dornapal for treatment, Pal said.

When more security forces were rushing to the spot immediately after the attack, Maoists triggered another landmine blast close to the site of the first explosion. They also fired indiscriminately on the forces, injuring four persons, including a Mizoram police Jawan and two SPOs.

The Jawan and another villager, who were seriously injured, were airlifted to Raipur for treatment, pal said.

A police team later killed the Naxalite who had triggered the landmine blast, Pal said.

The security forces and Naxalites also exchanged fire for before the rebels escaped into nearby jungle. Combing operations have been launched in the area, pal said.

Bureau Report

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