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7 Odisha policemen killed, 5 injured in Maoist landmine blast

At least four police personnel were killed and seven others injured in a landmine blast this evening suspected to have been set off by Maoists in Odisha’s Koraput district close to Andhra Pradesh border.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2017 22:37 IST
IANS, Bhubaneswar
Maoist landmine blast,policemen killed
The explosion took place near Mungarbhumi on Sunki ghat, barely one km from Andhra Pradesh border, in the Maoist-affected Koraput district, the officer said.(HT photo )

At least seven police personnel were killed and five injured in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists in Odisha’s Koraput district on Wednesday, police said.

Police said the incident took place on National Highway 26 at Mungabhumi village under Pottangi police station on the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border, when the personnel were travelling in a van to Cuttack for training.

“Seven personnel of the district police have been killed while five injured in the landmine blast. They were going for training as assistant drivers,” Koraput Superintendent of Police Charan Singh Meena told IANS.

The injured persons have been admitted to hospitals.

The blast comes just about two weeks before the three-tier panchayat polls in the state. Maoists have given boycott call in Malkangiri district and other extremist-affected districts.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described the incident as “an act of cowardice” and expressed his condolence to the deceased families.

“Strongly condemn the cowardly act & condole martyrdom of police personnel in the landmine blast. My deep sympathies with bereaved families,” tweeted Patnaik.

First Published: Feb 01, 2017 21:21 IST