6 Jawans Of Jharkhand Jaguar Force Killed, 10 Injured In Naxal Blast

| June 27 , 2018 , 09:17 IST

At least 6 jawans of Jharkhand's elite Jaguar force were killed and 10 injured due to a landmine blast near the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border on Tuesday. The blast was triggered allegedly by Naxals at the Burha Pahar area in Jharkhand's Garhwa district.

According to reports, the serial blasts were conducted using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Burha Pahar region. The blasts were said to be targeting security personnel who had been conducting an anti-Naxal offensive in the inaccessible terrain of the bordering areas of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh on Tuesday evening.

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Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Vipul Shukla said that the police had received information about the presence of some Naxals in the Chinjo area of Garwa district.

Based on intelligence inputs regarding the presence of Naxals, security forces including CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguars and police department personnel reached the hilly area where the Naxals triggered a landmine blast and engaged in an encounter. While 4 security personnel were killed in the explosion, 2 others were killed in the encounter that followed.

The more than 50 km long Burha Pahar range on the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border is considered to be a safe hideout for rebel guerillas. The Burha Pahar range falls under the Latehar and Garhwa districts in Jharkhand and Balrampur district in Chhattisgarh.

The losses in Jharkhand come at a time when the security forces have been securing multiple victories against the Naxals, killing 21 Naxals in the month of April itself.