20 security personnel feared killed in Naxal attack

At least 20 security personnel were today feared killed or seriously injured in a Naxal ambush in a dense forest in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

Chhattisgarh's Additional Director General (Intelligence) Mukesh Gupta said a joint team of CRPF and state police was attacked by a large group of Naxalites at the 'Jeeram Nullah' under the Tongapal Police Station area of the district.

"We suspect 15 casualties," Gupta told reporters.

CRPF sources said 15 of its personnel and five from state police may have been killed in the ambush.

An assistant commandant rank officer of CRPF is believed to among those feared killed.

The incident took place in the same area where Naxalite had killed 76 police personnel in April 2010.

In New Delhi, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde confirmed the ambush, saying details are still awaited.

Sources said a squad of 44 personnel, including 30 CRPF and 14 state police were out for an operation, when Naxals triggered landmine blasts and firing leading to the killings.

A senior CRPF official said they have recovered the bodies of three of their personnel and are awaiting details as the area is "heavily mined."

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