Five policemen from the District Force (DF) were killed in a landmine blast triggered by naxalites in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, police said.
The blast, that took place near Mardapal and Kondagaon areas of the district, blew up a bridge killing five policemen and injuring two DF personnel from the Chattisgarh Police, AN Upadhya, Inspector General (Bastar) told PTI.
Naxalites triggered the blast when the security personnel were returning after their election duty at polling booths in Tumdibala, Kudhur and Nahakanar under Narayanpur assembly constituency where re-polling was held on Monday, they said.
The security men had made a halt at Mardapal on Monday night after the polls and were returning to Kondagaon, they added.
Meanwhile, senior police officials and additional forces have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation, Upadhya said.