Ten Central Reserve Police Force Jawans were killed in an IED blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma region. In addition, six personnel were injured, three of them critical. One Maoist was subsequently killed by forces, it was later reported.According to news agency ANI, the CRPF jawans belonged to battalion 212. Currently, an encounter is on between Naxals and jawans.The incident took place in Kistaram area when the vehicle with 11 jawans drove over a landmine. “I was also present and we were lucky that the SP and the team managed to reach the site on time,” said DM Awasthee, DG of Naxal Operations.Firing between Naxals and CRPF officials had earlier started at 8 am. After being unable to counter the firing of jawans, the Naxals retreated only to set up a landmine that blew up the vehicle, reports added.The incident takes place a few weeks after two jawans were killed in an encounter between security forces and Naxals. That incident was after a Naxal and a road construction company manager were killed in the area. Apart from the jawans, six security personnel were killed.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted about the incident, expressing anguish over the incident.Former Director General of CRPF SP Sood even told ANI that it’s time the troops learned from their mistakes. “CRPF has been repeatedly suffering big losses in this area, which means the CRPF authority is not taking remedial actionIn April 2017, at least 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven wounded in the, the deadliest ambush by naxalites of security forces last year.The nearly 100-strong CRPF patrol providing security for road construction work came under fierce gunfire from Maoist guerrillas occupying vantage positions, inflicting heavy casualties on the personnel, sources in the paramilitary said.This is a developing story. More details awaited

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Chhattisgarh: 10 CRPF jawans killed in Sukma, 3 critical; 1 Naxal killed