12 CRPF jawans killed in landmine explosion

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Raipur, June 21: 12 CRPF jawans were were killed and 11 injured on Saturday evening when the truck in which they were travelling hit a landmine planted by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region, a police officer said.

The blast occurred in a thickly forested stretch of Tongapal in Dantewada district, some 500 km south of here, when an over 40-member search squad of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men and District Force (DF) was on its way back to its base camp.

"Maoists blasted a truck crowded with CRPF and DF, seven policemen were killed on the spot, four declared brought dead at Maharani Hospital in Jagdalpur town (headquarters of Bastar district) and one more succumbed to injuries midnight at the hospital where 11 CRPF men were rushed in a critical condition," T. J. Longkumer, inspector general of police (Bastar Range), told a news service.

He said the death toll may go up as the attack site is heavily forested and reinforcement would take time to reach there.

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