Two CoBRA personnel killed in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district

The Naxal blast took place around 3 p.m. near Timmapuram village between Silger and Tekalgudem camps of security forces

Updated - June 23, 2024 09:03 pm IST

Published - June 23, 2024 05:37 pm IST - Sukma

Google Maps image locates the Silger CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh.

Google Maps image locates the Silger CRPF camp in Chhattisgarh.

Two personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force’s jungle warfare unit (CoBRA) were killed after Naxalites blew up a truck with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgah’s Sukma district on June 23, police said.

The Naxal blast took place around 3 p.m. near Timmapuram village between Silger and Tekalgudem camps of security forces, over 400 km from the state capital Raipur, a senior police official said.

An advance party of the 201st unit of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) had launched patrolling from Silger camp under Jagargunda police station limits as a part of its Road Opening Party duty towards Tekalgudem, he said.

The security personnel were in a truck and on motorcycles, he said.

Naxalites triggered an IED blast targeting the truck that claimed the lives of constable Shailendra (29) and the vehicle driver Vishnu R (35), he said.

After being alerted about the blast, more forces were rushed to the spot and the bodies were being evacuated from the forest, he said.

A search operation is underway in the area, he added.

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