Bhubaneswar: At least three jawans of the Border Security Force (BSF) were killed on Wednesday morning when Maoists ambushed their patrol party in Odisha.
As per reports, the incident took place near Sarjubandh in Chitrkonda.
The incident occurred when BSF personnel accidentally stepped on a landmine planted by the Maoists.
Six BSF jawans were also injured in the Maoist attack.
"Two troopers died on the spot and another was declared dead at the hospital," district police chief Mitrabhanu Mahapatra told AFP.
"Six jawans (soldiers) are injured. They (the rebels) fled after the attack but we have launched a combing operation to catch them," he said.
According to reports, the jawans were returning to their base camp at Chitrakonda after conducting a combing operation.
The injured were shifted to Malkangiri district headquarter hospital.
ANI reported that BSF director-general DK Pathak is rushing to the spot of the incident.