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Security forces unearth powerful IED planted by naxals

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

A major tragedy was averted today when a joint patrol party of troopers unearthed a powerful IED planted by near an under-construction bridge in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit district, police said.

The 20-kg IED was unearthed byajoint team of the CRPF's 168th battalion and the local police from Tarrem village forest under station limits, a senior police told

"When security forces were carrying out patrolling in the area they spotted the pressure IED hidden beneath the earth near an under-construction bridge," he said, adding that the bomb disposal squad immediately destroyed the explosive.

The bridge is part of the under-construction Basaguda- (Bijapur) Jagargunda (Sukma) road.

With this recovery, at least four powerfulIEDs have been recoveredin separate incidents in the same area of Basaguda during the past week, he said.

Maoists plant IEDsto target security forces during their operations in the region, the added.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 19:05 IST