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10 CISF personnel killed as Maoists strike at Orissa mine

Ch. Santakar

KORAPUT: Ten Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel and four Maoists were killed in a major gunfight after the extremists attacked the Damanjodi bauxite mines, Asia’s largest of its kind, in Orissa’s Koraput district on Sunday night.

There were only 26 CISF personnel in the area despite the fact that the region had witnessed a series of similar attacks in recent years.

The Maoists targeted the CISF armoury and a storehouse of explosives retained for mining operations. According to Director General of Police M.M. Praharaj, they could not loot the armoury or the storehouse but took away some arms from the CISF jawans and a cache of explosives kept in a vehicle owned by the public sector National Aluminium Company which owns and operates the mine.

More than 100 Nalco employees were kept hostage but they were not harmed.

Eight of the CISF personnel were killed at the CISF outpost at the mining site and two were felled nearby. The Maoists escaped by early Monday morning after booby trapping the area and creating road blocks by felling trees. Darkness and the fear of landmines delayed the police operation.

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