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Orissa landmine blast: 2 civilians killed, 8 jawans injured

Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 14:35

Koraput (Orissa): At least two civilians,
including a woman, were killed and eight security personnel
injured in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists on Saturday in
Koraput district.

"Two civilians were killed and eight members of the
elite anti-Naxalite Special Operation Group (SOG) injured in
the landmine blast incident this morning," Deputy Inspector
General (DIG, southern range) Sanjeev Panda said.

The incident took place at Jogipalur area this morning
when a group of 10 SOG jawans when they were returning to a
barrack at Narayanpatna in a passenger trekker.

Though eight of the 10 jawans sustained injuries in
the incident, no one was serious, the DIG said, adding that the
identity of the deceased civilians were yet to be identified.

In another attack, armed Maoists blew up a mobile
phone tower in Machhkund area of the district besides
ransacking the tehsil office and setting afire official
records and documents, said Koraput SP Anup Kumar Sahu.

Vehicular movement between Machhkund and Lamptapur
was disrupted as the red rebels blocked the connecting road
by felling trees, police said adding steps were being taken to
remove the obstacles.


First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 14:35
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