New Delhi, Mar 24: At least four district reserve guard soldiers were injured in an IED Blast in Naxal-infested Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

The blast was triggered in a forest near Sirsetti village, under the Fulbagdi police station limits, when the security personnel were out on an anti-Naxalite operation. Security guards rushed to the spot after receiving the information.

DIG Sundarraj P said that one constable and four assistant constable were injured. They had been airlifted to Raipur. Hopefully all will be okay after treatment.

The attack has come weeks after nine personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost their lives in an IED blast in Sukma district. Two jawans were grievously injured in the blast carried out by Naxals.  Evacuation of the injured soldiers are being carried out.

Maoist rebels have grown in strength in recent times in areas where poor, tribal villagers have come into conflict with mining companies seeking resources for industrialization.

They want to overthrow the government have operated for decades across a wide swathe of central and eastern India. Security experts say the insurgency is India’s biggest internal security challenge.