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9 cops killed in Naxal ambush
Raipur, May 24 (Agencies)
Published on 24 May. 2011 11:08 PM IST
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: Nine members of a police team, including the Additional Superintendent of Chhattisgarh’s Gariabandh district who was leading them, were killed in a Naxal ambush in Sunebada forests bordering Orissa, police officials said on Tuesday.
The Maoists detonated a landmine and opened fire at the police personnel. Out of the 10 policemen, bodies of nine have been recovered. The hunt is on for one missing policeman.
A 10-member police team led by Additional Superintendent Rajesh Pawar was sent to Amamora and Sunebada jungle following reports of Maoist movement in the area but all contacts with the team were snapped despite repeated efforts, said Additional Director General of Police (anti-Maoist operation) Ram Niwas.
When the police team was returning last evening, their vehicle broke down following which they boarded a tractor. The Maoists then triggered a landmine blast in which the tractor was blown up. Nine policemen were killed in the attack, officials said.
After contact with the team was lost, the Chhattisgarh Police rushed a big team of CRPF and STF to the area. As the site of the attack was closer to Orissa, police in the neighbouring state was alerted and requested to send a team to the spot. A police team was sent on foot to the attack site situated in thick jungles. The police teams, which reached the spot, informed about the attack.
The bodies of the policemen killed in the attack are being brought to Gariabandh.

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