Raipur: Five security personnel, including two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers, were killed on Sunday in two separate attacks by Maoists in Chhattisgarh`s restive Bastar region, police said.
The two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed on Sunday in a gun battle with Maoists at Koilibera area in Kanker district, some 250 km south of Raipur, when a search squad of the BSF came under heavy firing from the maoists.
The BSF claimed to have killed a few Maoists as well but recovered just one body.
"Maoists carried out a flash attack on a squad of the BSF and the troopers retaliated strongly but we lost one head constable and one constable. Four troopers were injured too," a BSF official said. The injured troopers were rushed to a government hospital.
Three state policemen were killed in another incident in Dantewada district when a police vehicle ran over on a landmine planted by Maoists.
"At least three District Force jawans were killed and four others injured when a powerful landmine blast hit a vehicle carrying a squad the Kirandul area," Dantewada police chief Ankit Garg said.
Efforts were on to take them to a government hospital at Jagdalpur, headquarters of Bastar region, he added.
Chhattisgarh`s sprawling 40,000 square km Bastar region, comprising five districts, has been a Maoist hotbed since the late 1980s.