Raipur, Aug 30 (PTI) Naxals triggered a blast and opened fire on security forces in a forest in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district today. Also Read - Lockdown Latest News: Total Shutdown to be Imposed in 10 Districts of This State; Capital City Identified as Containment Zone

No casualties were reported on either side during the encounter, according to police. Also Read - Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel Goes Into Self-isolation After Staff Members Test COVID Positive

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“The incident took place in the forest near Dindodi hill under Jangla police station area when a team of district forces was out on an area domination operation,” Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI.

Ultras triggered an improvised bomb blast when the patrolling team was advancing through the forest, leading to an exchange of fire between both the sides, he said.

“However, naxals who were in small numbers soon fled into the dense forest. During searching, a pipe bomb, a ‘pitthu’ (a naxal bag) and other Maoist-related materials were recovered from the spot,” the officer said, adding that no security personnel was injured in the skirmish.

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