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Chhattisgarh IED blast updates: Seven jawans killed, 1 injured in Dantewada

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 21 May 2018, 12:38:28 PM

New Delhi:

In yet another tragic incident, seven jawans were killed and one other injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district on Sunday.

"The search operation is being held by security forces. The blast could be of high intensity, but the exact details will come after the investigation," ANI quoted Sunder Raj P, DIG Anti-Naxal Operation on Dantewada attack.

The blast, targeting a police vehicle, took place at around 11 am on Sunday. The jawans from the Chhattisgarh Armed Force and the District Force were on their way from Cholnar to Kirandul. The CRPF personnel have rushed to Dantewada to conduct the rescue operation in the spot.

Here are the updates on Dantewada IED blast:

# 06:03 PM: One jawan who was injured in IED blast in has succumbed to his injuries; Total 7 jawans died in the incident.

# 05:05 PM: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, who is addressing a 'Vikas Yatra' event in Korba observed one-minute silence to pay tribute to six jawans who lost their lives in IED blast in Dantewada.

# 03:50 PM: Chhattisgarh: Superintendent of Police Sukma Abhishek Meena says, 'one Naxal was killed during an encounter in Tumirpad forest area on 18th May.

# 03:43 PM: Naxals are against development and they usually target our soldiers. We will strongly retaliate against such incidents: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh on Dantewada IED blast.

# 03:40 PM: It is a sad incident where 6 jawans were killed in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada. The Naxals targeted the jawans by planting IED rather than fighting them face to face, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was quoted in Madhya Pradesh's Satna.

# 01: 38 PM: Chhattisgarh: Death toll in the IED blast on a police vehicle in Dantewada's Cholnar Village rises, total 6 jawans killed in the blast.

# 01:14 PM: Troops of CRPF rushed to the spot in Dantewada's Cholnar village.

# 12:15 PM: Chhattisgarh: 3 jawans of Chhattisgarh Armed Force and 2 jawans of District Force killed and 2 jawans injured in an IED blast on a police vehicle in Dantewada's Cholnar Village.

Earlier in April, security forces gunned down eight Maoists, including five women, in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district. This action was followed by another major operation in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli, which left 39 rebels dead.

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First Published : 20 May 2018, 02:20:11 PM