Four naxals were killed in a police encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattishgarh.

The Maoists were killed in Mirtur jungles near Kakodi canal area, in retaliatory fire after they opened fire on a patrol team including personnel from STF and district police force, state Inspector General of police R K Vij said.

The police team was sent to the Bastar region under an anti-naxal operation to flush out Maoists from the state, Mr. Vij said.

Several explosives and arms including pistols, tiffin bombs and hand grenades were also recovered from the site, he added.