Bhubaneswar: Five Naxals were on Monday killed in an encounter between security forces and militants in Malkangiri’s Kalimeda, news agency ANI reported.

It is a developing story and more details are awaited.

In an earlier incident in Chhattisgarh, four Naxals were killed in following an encounter with District Reserve Guard (DRG) in Narayanpur district. The security personnel also recovered ammunitions including one INSAS rifle and two 12 bore pistols as well as other incriminating materials. The encounter took place in the forest of Kokrajhar’s Gumiyabeda.

On August 6, as many as 15 Naxals were gunned down and four Naxals were apprehended from a forest area in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.

In May, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that 40 Naxals have been killed so far this year. He also informed that 135 Naxals were killed in 2016 and 77 in 2017.