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7 securitymen hurt in IED blast by Naxals at Chhattisgarh-

Press Trust of India  |  Ranchi/Latehar (J'khand) 

Seven security personnel were injured when allegedly triggered an IED blast and fired at them along the Jharkhand- border today, the police said.

The improvised explosive device (IED) blast took place around 2 pm near Pipradaba at the foothills of Budha Pahar, parts of which fall in Balrampur district of and Latehar district of Jharkhand, sources said.

Five (CRPF) personnel, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), one Jaguar Force constable and one police constable were injured in the incident, the police said, adding that all of them were airlifted to Ranchi by a helicopter.

The blast was triggered when the security personnel were carrying a jawan, who had fallen sick, to a base camp, the police said.

Following the blast, the (Maoist) cadre started firing indiscriminately on the security personnel, they added.

The ultras made a hasty retreat, taking advantage of the forest cover in the area when the security personnel retaliated, the sources said.

Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Operations) Ravi Kant Dhan confirmed the incident.

The security forces had been carrying out a massive anti-Naxal operation at Budha Pahar for the last few days, the sources said, adding that the entire area was cordoned off, in a bid to affect the supply line to the

The security personnel have also set up camps in the area.

Those injured were: ASI R K Pandian, Atul Tamboli, Ramesh Biroly, Niwash Tete, Mukesh Kumar -- all from the -- Dilip Kumar of Jharkhand Jaguar Force and Koushal Kumar of Jharkhand police, the police said.

"As per preliminary reports, the condition of the injured troops is not critical," a senior CRPF officer said, adding that the injured personnel of the force belonged to its 62nd battalion.

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First Published: Thu, November 16 2017. 20:28 IST