Nine CRPF men killed in ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

Nine CRPF personnel killed in Sukma attack
Nine men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and two others suffered injuries when suspected Maoists ambushed their Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh today, official sources said.
The sources said those killed included an assistant sub-inspector, a head constable and seven constables.
Official sources said the Maoists targeted the vehicle with the blast and also resorted to firing. They said security forces had rushed reinforcements to the spot. Senior police officials had also reached the scene, they said.
The sources said the Maoists had targeted the 208CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) in the morning but were repulsed by the CRPF personnel.
Later, around 12.30 pm, the Maoists targeted another team of security forces from the 212 Battalion between Kistaram and Palodi. The MPV was blown away by the IED, they  said.
Helicopters were deployed to recover the bodies and to take the injured personnel to hospital, the sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his condolences to the families of those killed in the attack.
"India salutes the brave @crpfindia personnel who were martyred in the attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the brave martyrs. The nation stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this hour of grief," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the blast was "deeply distressing". "I bow to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation," he said.
"My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans," he said on Twitter.
He also said he had spoken to the Director General of CRPF and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh.
Sukma is one of the regions in Chhattisgarh that are worst-hit by Left-wing extremism (LWE).
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