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The IED-triggered blast occurred at 12:15 pm as per reports

9 CRPF Jawans Killed in IED Blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma

Sources in the force confirmed nine jawans were martyred in the attack and that another eight soldiers are extremely critical.

The attack took place in Kistaram when the personnel were out on a combing operation on the MPV.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country salutes the nine CRPF personnel and stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the bravehearts. As per information received, 9 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom and 3 are injured. Reports are coming that this attack was pre-planned and they tried to kill every single personnel in this attack.

A senior CRPF official in Raipur said the patrol squad had launched the search-cum-area domination operation from Kistaram towards Palodi, located around 500km from here, in view of the visit of Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena in Palodi on Tuesday.

To make their presence felt in the area, the first camp, identified as "P", has been established in close vicinity of the Indravati river.

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This incident came barely ten days after March 11, 2017 where 12 CRPF personnel were killed when they "walked into an ambush", laid by Maoists in Sukma. "I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans", he said.

The incident took place when CRPF jawans were conducting an operation in a forest in the district when the blast took place, ripping apart their mine-protected vehicle (MPV).

About 300 naxals were killed by security forces in Chhattisgarh over the last two years since 2016, the state's home minister, Ramsewak Paikra told the legislative assembly, The Times of India reported on February 21, 2018. More forces have reached the spot. "It will not lower the morale of security forces". "The CRPF and security forces had been trying to dominate the area".

Surjewala said BJP president Amit Shah who had a year ago started the party's expansion plan from Naxalbari should instead have planned how to tackle Naxalism with the prime minister.

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