Five CRPF men were killed and as many injured on Thursday, when Maoists blew up an anti-landmine vehicle of the force at Barha village in Gaya district.

At around 6.20 a.m., the Maoists triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion which destroyed the anti-landmine vehicle carrying about a dozen CRPF personnel engaged in a combing operation against Maoists, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Magadh Range, Nayyar Hasnain Khan said.

The slain CRPF men were identified as Sub-Inspector Ramji Ram, constables Vikramaditya Yadav, Ashok Nirala and Rai Singh and the driver Lal Babu.

Mr Hasnain said that four of the injured CPRF personnel were flown by a helicopter to Patna for treatment, while the other jawan was undergoing treatment at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital at Gaya.

Another CRPF jawan, who was also travelling in the anti-landmine vehicle, was missing, the DIG said.