15 Commandos, Driver Killed as Maoists Blow Truck to Pieces in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli
The attack could be revenge for the encounters conducted by the C-60 commando unit in the region last year, in which 40 Maoist cadres were killed.
There was little left of the truck carrying the commandos.
Gadchiroli (Maharashtra): At least 15 security personnel and their driver were killed as Maoists triggered an IED blast on a truck carrying a team of C-60 commandos in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli on Wednesday.
Sources said the attack is revenge for the encounters conducted by the commando unit in the region last year, in which 40 Maoist cadres were killed.
The blast was triggered hours after Maoists torched at least three dozen vehicles belonging to private contractors in Kurkheda sub-district of Gadchiroli earlier on Wednesday.
The commando unit, part of the Quick Response Team of Gadchiroli police, had set out in a private vehicle for patrolling after the arson incident, said officials.
According to news agency ANI, exchange of fire is underway between security personnel and maoists at the site of the blast.
The first incident took place early in the day when the state was getting ready to celebrate its foundation day, Maharashtra Divas. The targeted vehicles, mostly belonged to Amar Infrastructures Ltd, and were engaged in construction works for the Purada-Yerkad sector of NH 136 near Dadapur village.
The Maoists have been observing a week-long protest to mark the first anniversary of 40 of their comrades who were gunned down by security forces on April 22 last year.
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