Odisha: 8 police personnel killed, 5 injured in Maoist landmine blast
Strongly condemn the cowardly act & condole martyrdom of police personnel in the landmine blast, says CM Patnaik.
At least 8 police personnel were killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists in Odisha's Koraput district on Wednesday, police said, adding that 5 others were also injured in the incident.
According to media reports, the landmine attack 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.
Koraput SP Charan Singh Meena told news agency IANS: “Seven personnel of the district police have been killed while five injured in the landmine blast. They were going for training as assistant drivers.” The wounded persons have been admitted to hospitals, he added.
The incident 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.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik termed 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 to bereaved families,” Patnaik said in a tweet.