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Naxals kill three CRPF men in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Three CRPF personnel were killed and at least five other security personnel injured in an encounter with Naxals in Jharkhand's Latehar today.

The encounter took place in the jungles of Barwadih under Amvati police station at around noon when a joint patrol squad of CRPF, the special 'Jaguar' police personnel of the state and men drawn from the Special Task Force (STF) came under heavy gunfire from a group of Naxalites from a hill top.

Representative image. Reuters.

"Three CRPF personnel have been killed in the encounter, according to initial reports. Almost five other men and seven from the Jaguars are reported injured. We have sent in reinforcements," a senior police official said.

The security forces have consolidated their positions now and some casulaities have been inflicted upon the Naxals too, a CRPF offficial said.  Security forces could not press a helicopter for casualty evacuation due to bad weather and hence they are being pulled back by road and the closest railhead is at Daltongunj, they said.

Units drawn from the 112 and 134 battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police were out to conduct an anti-Naxal operation when the attack took place.

This is the first major encounter this year where security forces suffered casualities in anti-Maoist operations.

PTI