According to the initial reports, the IED was planted by Naxals. The DRG jawans who were killed in the attack were in the area for an anti-Naxal operation, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel said in a tweet.
The blast took place in an area around 450 km from the state capital Raipur.
CM Baghel expressed condolences over the killing and said the Naxals wouldn’t be spared.
Baghel said, ‘There is such information with us. It is very saddening. My condolences to the bereaved families. This fight is in its last stage. Naxals won’t be spared.’
‘The news of the martyrdom of our 10 DRG jawans and a driver due to IED blast on the DRG force which had arrived for anti-Naxal operation on the information of the presence of Maoist cadre under Aranpur police station area of Dantewada is very sad. We all the people of the state pay our respects to him. We all share in the grief of their families. May his soul rest in peace,’ the CM tweeted.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to CM Baghel about the attack and has assured all possible help to the Chhattisgarh administration.
The bodies of the jawans and the driver are being evacuated and a search operation is underway, said local law enforcement.
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