Jharkhand: 2 cops killed, eight others injured in Maoist ambush

At least two policemen were killed and eight others injured when Maoists ambushed a police party near Kasiyar village in Jharkhand’s Palamu district on Wednesday evening.

The police party was returning to Hussainabad after conducting long range patrolling in Kala Pahar region, considered a Maoist hotbed, when at around 5:30pm an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered near Kasiyar village in Chhatterpur police station area.

Hussainabad police station officer-in-charge Rajesh Prasad Rajak, who was leading the party, had a miraculous escape as the IED exploded seconds after his vehicle had crossed the spot, but the security personnel following him in another vehicle were not as lucky.

“Two police personnel including the driver of the vehicle have been killed and eight have been injured,” confirmed CRPF inspector general RK Mishra.

He added that reinforcement had been rushed to the spot and the senior police officers were monitoring the rescue operations.

Sources said the number of casualties could go even higher as a number of policemen were still holed up in the sensitive area, while several others were reportedly missing.

Confirming the incident, Jharkhand police spokesperson SN Pradhan said prompt action would be taken against the perpetrators of the ambush attack.

Source http://m.hindustantimes.com/india/jharkhand-two-cops-killed-eight-others-injured-in-maoist-ambush/story-j5NPHMg1X6OgqfVo8cbHQI.html


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