Nine policemen killed in Maoists' ambush in central India
About nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and two were injured in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in central India on Tuesday.
“Maoists targeted an MPV [Mine Protected Vehicle] carrying 10 CRPF men in Sukma today. There is a possibility of many of them being killed in that blast," D. M. Awasthi, Special Director General of Police, Anti-Naxal Operations unit of the Chhattisgarh police, said. "The firing has stopped now."
Extra forces have been sent to the spot and the Sukma District Superintendent of Police has also reached the spot.
A statement issued by the CRPF said that the encounter took place between the CRPF’s 208 CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion and Maoists at 8 a.m. today.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed the attack "deeply distressing."