Nagpur, May 11: At least seven policemen were today killed and two others injured when Naxals carried out a landmine blast in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Sunday.
The incident took place at 9:40 AM when the police persons were moving in the forest area between Pavimuranda and Murmuri villages in Chamorshi taluka of the district.
Officials said the slain security personnel belong to C-60 anti-Naxal operations force of Maharashtra and the explosion took place when the vehicle carrying them was moving along the Murmuri-Chamuri axis of the district.
“We have lost seven of our men in the attack carried out by Naxalites. The incident occurred in Gadchiroli. The wounded have been airlifted to Nagpur while additional reinforcements of security personnel have been sent,” a senior police officer said.
After the landmine blast, there was an exchange of fire between the police and Maoists. According to police official firing is still on in the forest area.
The naxal attack comes days after five police personnel and three polling officials were killed when suspected Maoists targeted the vehicle in which they were travelling in Sikaripara block of Jharkhand’s Dumka district on April 24.
Earlier on March 11, 15 security personnel were killed in Chattisgarh’s Sukma district.