Bijapur, Nov 14: Five security personnel and one civilian were injured on Wednesday in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.
The incident occurred at around 9:00 am in a truck carrying Border Security Forces (BSF) troops of 414 Adhoc Batallion in the Bijapur Ghatti area.
Out of the five security personnel injured, four of them belonged to BSF while one person was from District Reserve Guard (DRG).
“4 BSF jawans, one DRG and one civilian have been injured in IED blast in Bijapur Ghatti (7 kms from Bijapur). All injured have been admitted to a hospital in Bijapur”, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Naxal Operation) P Sundarraj told ANI.
The blast took place two days after the first phase of assembly election to 18 seats in the state.
In the other incident a gunfight broke out during a search operation not far from the IED blast spot. The 85 Battalion of the CRPF troopers were attacked by the insurgents. “Firing is still on,” Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran said.
Both attacks took place simultaneously at 9.15 a.m. in the Mahadev Ghat area, a police officer said.
It was the ninth Maoist attack in 19 days in the poll-bound state where the second phase of voting to 72 seats will take place on November 20.