15 commandos, driver killed in blast by Maoists in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli


Maoist rebels triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) on Wednesday, blowing up a vehicle carrying crack C-60 commandos in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, killing 15 of them and the driver in the deadliest attack on security forces in five years in the state.

The attack was believed to be in reprisal for the killing of 40 rebels by C-60 troopers a year ago.

Rebels suspected to be members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), or CPI (Maoist), detonated the device on Dadapur road near the village of Jambhurkheda in Gadchiroli, some 250 kilometres from Nagpur, bordering Chhattisgarh.

The explosion, condemned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi amid ongoing general elections, took place at about 11.30 pm on Maharashtra Day, almost 10 hours after Maoists allegedly torched three dozen vehicles engaged in road widening and construction work in Gadchiroli’s Kurkheda area.

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Source: Hindustan Times