The blast occurred on Cholnar-Kirandul road when the security personnel were patrolling along a road construction route in the region Monday afternoon.
Naxals blew up an anti-landmine vehicle carrying 11 state police jawans, who were on way from Cholnar camp to ensure security for the construction work underway in the region located around 450 kms away from state capital Raipur.
“A landmine vehicle was exploded by Naxals. Police officials reached the spot and took the injured to the hospital. We have received the information that four jawans have died and 11 are injured. The jawans replied to the firing. The Naxals ran away from there,” said RK Vij, Additional Director General, Naxal Operations.
Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured personnel were admitted to a local hospital, the authorities told.
This is the fourth major attack by Naxals in Chattisgarh in three days.
Earlier, seven policemen were on Saturday killed and ten persons injured in a gunbattle with Naxals in the Maoist hotbed of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh. The encounter took place in the worst-affected Pidmel-Polampalli area of the district when a squad of state police STF was out on an operation.