A landmine with 40 kilograms of explosives was detected in Naxal-affected Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Friday.

“A joint patrolling team of district police and Border Security Force (BSF) detected a landmine with 40 kgs of explosives near Furfudi village,” Superintendent of Police (Kanker) Ajay Yadav told PTI.

The explosives were recovered following a tip off while patrolling in the region, he said, adding the landmine has been defused.

With this, the quantity of explosive recovered in last fortnight stands at over 180 kgs in the State, which has witnessed a spate of Maoist violence.

On May 14, 65 kgs of explosives were recovered from two separate places in Dantewada. On May 10, police had detected a landmine with 75 kgs explosives at two places in that district.

Mr. Yadav said, Naxals had planted the landmine near a highway in Kanker, and were probably planning a big attack as the quantity is huge enough to blow up a truck or bus.

A three-metre long electric wire was also recovered, he said.

Over 100 people, mostly security personnel, have been killed in landmine blasts triggered by Naxals in the State recently.

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