New Delhi, March 13: Nine personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost their lives in an IED blast in Naxal-infested Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. Two jawans were grievously injured in the blast carried out by Naxals. (Here are the names of the CRPF personnel martyred in the Naxal attack in Sukma)

The incident occurred in Kistaram area of Sukma. The deceased CRPF personnel are from the 212 battalion. The injured jawans are being extracted from the spot. They will be taken to Raipur for treatment.

Zee News reported that CRPF jawans had a small encounter with Naxals in the morning. The outlaws managed to escape. But, they later blew up the anti-mine vehicle the jawans were travelling in. The Naxals used a massive amount of explosives for the blast.

“A patrolling party was going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle which was targeted by Naxals with an IED. Extra force has reached the spot, there is no firing at present,” DM Awasthi, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations, said.

“Nine people have died in the attack, the injured are being brought to Jagdalpur or Raipur. It is really unfortunate that we lost these brave men,” he added.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has extended his condolences to the bereaved families. “My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans. I spoke to DG CRPF regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh,” he said in a tweet.

In April last year, 25 CRPF jawans lost their lives in a Maoist attack.