Raipur, May 19 (IANS) Two CRPF personnel were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast triggered by Left-wing extremists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Friday and were evacuated by an Indian Air Force helicopter.

IAF officials said the two injured Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were evacuated to Raipur for medical treatment by an Mi-17V5 helicopter of IAF. The blast was triggered near Dornapal in Sukma district.

“Responding with alacrity to the call for casualty evacuation from CRPF, IAF team deployed at Jagadalpur swung into action and got airborne within minutes of receiving the request from the CRPF to evacuate their jawans injured in the IED blast,” an IAF official said.

The Mi-17 V5 took off from Jagadalpur at 10 a.m. with a medical team on board.

After picking up the injured personnel from Sukma, the helicopter landed at Raipur around 12.30 p.m.

The treatment of injured personnel was underway at a private hospital.

On April 24, the Maoists killed 25 CRPF personnel in Sukma area of Chhattisgarh. Twelve CRPF troopers were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma earlier on March 11.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.