Patna: At least ten Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos belonging to its elite COBRA battalion were killed and five others injured in a Naxal IED blast in the jungles of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, officials said.
The jawans were ambushed by the blast on the afternoon of July 18, after which an encounter began in which three naxals were also killed. Officials said five other personnel were critically injured in the fierce gun battle.
“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 occurred at the Chakarbanda-Dumarinala forests of Aurangabad, bordering Gaya, and marks one of the biggest casualties of the elite COBRA unit, which was raised by the CRPF to undertake special jungle warfare operations.
Some arms and ammunition, including an AK-47 rifle, INSAS rifle and under barrel grenade launcher were also recovered from the site.
Addition CRPF and state police forces have reached the location, and a search operation has been launched.
CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad and other senior officers are expected to visit the ambush site today.
The commandos killed have been identified as head constables Anil Kumar Singh, a resident of Buxar in Bihar, and K Opendra Singh of Thoubal, Manipur; and constables Sinod Kumar of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Ramesh Kumar from Hoshiarpur in Punjab, Diwakar Kumar from Khagariya in Bihar, Polash Mondal from South Denajpur in West Bengal, Deepak Ghosh of Nadia in West Bengal, Manoj Kumar of Betul in Madhya Pradesh, Harvender Panwar of Muzaffarnagar in UP and Ravi Kumar from Siwan in Bihar.