At least four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured when Naxals blew up their vehicle in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast near Ralegoda near Patangi in Koraput district today.
The incident occurred first time on the NH 26 when a convoy of three BSF vehicles carrying about 18 security personnel was ambushed when they were travelling from Patangi to Sunki in the district, sources said. The jawans were about to go Gandhinagar of Gujurat from Andhra Pradesh. They spent last night at a BSF transit camp in Koraput and started journey this morning, sources added.
The Improvised Explosive Device (IED), embedded in the road, exploded as the first vehicle in the convoy crossed the area, resulting in the death of three troopers.
Two injured personnel have been rushed to the nearby hospital in Sunki while a gunfight was on at the blast site when the reports last came in.
A team of police comprising top IPS officers has left for explosion spot from the police headquarters, sources said. Additional reinforcement from paramilitary force has been rushed to the area.
On the other hand, exchange of fire was soon reported between security personnel and ultras from the area, BSF sources said.