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Security forces taken by surprise by Naxals in Bihar

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    Aurangabad, July 19: Investigations being conducted into the naxal attack at Aurangabad, Bihar in which 10 Cobra Commandos lost their lives, point towards a surprise element. The naxals were completely prepared for the attack, but the commandos were taken completely by surprise which is also an indicator of an intelligence failure.

    The attack came when the commandos were in fact carrying out an operation against the naxals. In a massive encounter that took place late on Monday, 10 Cobra commandos were martyred in the forest area of Dumari Nala.

    Bihar: Naxals surprised security forces

    The naxals carried out the attacks in large numbers and had even spread a large amount of Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) to which the commandos had fallen prey. The commandos however managed to kill three naxals.

    IEDs planted, Naxals waited

    Going by the investigations that are taking place, it appears as though it was a surprise attack. There were a large number of naxals who were waiting for the party.

    They had planned this well in advance and the manner in which the IEDs were spread across in large numbers is an indicator of the same.

    The casualties among the naxals too would have been high. However, since they had planned it well in advance, they managed to take away the injured naxals to safe spots but the security forces were not immediately able to provide support to the injured due to bad weather. Heavy drains hampered the operations to a great deal.

    Bihar's Director General of Police says that the probe is on. "We got reports about the large spread of IEDs at the site of the encounter," he also added. This is so far the biggest casualties that the COBRA unit has faced so far.

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