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13 policemen killed in Naxal attack in Jharkhand

13 policemen killed in Naxal attack in Jharkhand

The Naxals looted weapons from the dead policemen and set fire to the vehicle.

Garhwa (Jharkhand): Thirteen policemen, including the officer-in-charge of Bhandaria police station, were on Saturday killed and two others injured when Naxals triggered a landmine blast near the jungles of Bariganwa in this district.

"The Naxals triggered the blast, killing 12 policemen and the officer-in-charge of Bhandaria police station RB Choudhary around 11 am," SP Michael S Raj said.

"Only after post mortem, we tell whether they were hit by bullets (too)," he said when asked whether the Maoists fired upon the policemen after blowing up their anti-landmine vehicle, about 75 km from Garhwa town.

According to eyewitnesses, the vehicle was tossed up high into the air under the impact of the blast before falling down.

When some policemen were trying to come out of the twisted vehicle, the rebels opened fire on them from point blank range, sources said.

According to Bhandaria police station sources, the Naxals looted weapons from the dead policemen and set fire to the vehicle.
first published:January 21, 2012, 17:48 IST