Maoists blow up BSF vehicle in Odisha, four killed

Four BSF officers, including a Commanding Officer, were today killed in an IED blast by suspected Maoists in Malkangiri district of Odisha.

Bhubaneswar: Four BSF officers, including a
Commanding Officer, were today killed in an IED blast by
suspected Maoists in Malkangiri district of Odisha.

The BSF squad was targeted at around 1 PM in the Janbai
area of the district, under Chitragonda police station area,
465 kms from here, and its jungles are a Naxal hotbed as it
touches the borders of two other states-- Andhra Pradesh and
Chhattisgarh, making it a corridor for Maoists.

According to initial reports, the officers were returning
in their vehicle after attending a meeting with the district
administration.

The victims have been identified as Commandant (107
battalion) G R Khaswan, his Second-in-Command Rajesh Sharan,
Inspector Ashok and Assistant Sub-Inspector and radio operator
of the squad Jitendra.

A Border Security Force (BSF) company is located in the
area where the blast occurred.

The area witnesses a huge inter-state movement of armed
Maoist cadres, a senior official said.

PTI

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