1 SAF jawan killed, 10 injured in encounter with Maoist guerrillas

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Rohtas, Sep 24 (UNI) A Special Auxiliary Force (SAF) jawan was killed on the spot and ten others were injured in a fierce encounter with the suspected Maoist guerrillas near the Kaimur hills in this south Bihar district tonight.

Official sources quoting DIG Amarendra Kumar Ambedkar said the conditon of at least three of the injured was critical and all of them were admitted to hospital.

He said according to a primilinary report the incident took place near a remote Soli village, where the suspected guerrillas had planted some landmines and when police vehicle stepped onto it, the mine exploded severely damaging the vehicle.

As the SAF jawans alighted from the vehicle they came under severe firing from the suspected guerrillas, in which SAF jawan Kanhaiya Singh was killed and ten others were injured.

Soon after the incident, a strong police contingent rushed to the spot and took injured to the hospital. The body of the SAF jawan had also been sent for a post-mortem, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the entire area had been carodoned off and a massive search operation was launched to nab the assailants.

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