At least 11 forces personnel have been injured after an improvised explosive device exploded when the teams were out on special operations, media reports said.
The attack took place around 4:53 am on Tuesday in Kuchai area of Saraikela in Jharkhand on teams of 209 CoBRA and Jharkhand police, injuring 8 CoBRA personnel and 3 of the Jharkhand police.
The injured jawans were airlifted for treatment in Ranchi at 6:52 am, news agency ANI reported. An investigation is underway.
“The IEDs were installed by naxals to affect election process. A joint operation by CoBRA, Jharkhand Jaguar and Jharkhand Police is being done to clear the area. The anti-personnel mine was triggered by naxals today. As many as 11 jawans were injured and 3 are critical,” DGP DK Pandey told ANI.
Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) is a unit within the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) that specialises in jungle combat and guerilla warfare. They are mostly put into action in Naxal areas. (with inputs from Times Now)