Chhattisgarh: 2 jawans killed, 5 hurt as Naxals target bus with IED
Naxals targeted a bus with with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur. The bus was carrying nearly 30 jawans leaving two of them dead and five injured.
The second attack took place today ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the district on Saturday.
Naxals had triggered twin IED blasts and opened fire on a patrolling team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Bijapur-Bhopalpatnam road in the district that led to a gun-battle, on Monday morning.
However, no casualty was reported on either side in that incident.
The explosion targeting the bus occurred near Godma village, around 450 kms from the statecapital, when the jawans were out on an anti-Maoist operation, police said.
“Two jawans belonging to the District Reserve Guard (DRG) were killed and five others sustained injuries in the explosion,” as per information from a senior police official.
The IED blast damaged the front portion of the bus, which was carrying a squad of at least 30 jawans. The personnel sitting in the front side bore the brunt of the explosion, he said.
Additional personnel were rushed to the spot soon after the incident and the injured jawans were taken to a hospital in Bijapur, he said.
At the same time, the security forces have intensified search operations in the forest in view of the prime minister’s visit to Bijapur scheduled on April 14.