Ten COBRA commandos of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were martyred in an Intensive Explosive Device (IED) blast conducted by Naxals in Bihar’s Aurangabad district.
The Naxals ambushed the jawans through the blast after which a fierce gun battle started which also resulted in the killing of three naxals. The jawans belonged to the 205th COBRA battalion and were deployed in the state for conducting anti-Naxal operations.
“While eight personnel were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries when they were being evacuated,” a senior official said.
The incident took place at Chakarbanda-Dumarinala forests of the said district, bordering Gaya.
At the time of the blast the jawans were crossing Dumri Nala when naxalites attacked them. Around 25-30 explosions were heard in the region.
This is one of the biggest casualties of the elite COBRA unit which has been raised by the CRPF for undertaking special jungle warfare operations.
According to security agencies, the death toll is likely to rise as several security officials were also injured.
Due to bad weather and heavy rains in the region, security forces were not able to provide adequate help to injured jawans for few hours.
Some arms and ammunition, including an AK-47 rifle, INSAS rifle and under barrel grenade launcher were also recovered from the site.