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6 cops die in Maoist attack near Gaya

Eight persons, including six policemen, were killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists near a culvert at Majhaulia village in Bihar’s Gaya district on Friday. According to PTI reports, ‘An ASI (Assistant Sub Inspector), five constables, a village sarpanch (headman) and one special police officer (SPO) were killed in the blast.’

Superintendent of police (SP) Gaya Akhtar Hussain said, ‘Maoists used improvised explosive devices (IED) to bomb a jeep at Koili culvert around 12.40 pm. The vehicle was ripped apart in the explosion.’

The incident took place at Roshanganj in Sherghati sub-division on the border of Bihar and Jharkhand. The slain cops belonged to Bihar Military Police (BMP). The ASI has been identified as Pradhuman Rai. The SPO has been identified as Pawan Kumar.

The security forces were on their way to Uchala village to participate in a recruitment drive for the appointment of Aanganwadi sevikas to build awareness among the people against Maoists, Hussain said. The incident site is just 1.5 kilometres from Roshanlalganj police station.

There have been report of loot of arms of security personnel in the incident.

In the state capital, director general of police Abhyanand said senior police officers have been asked to visit the spot.

Last year during end of October six troopers of the159 battalion of the CRPF were killed and eight CRPF personnel, including a deputy commandant were injured, when CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an IED blast blowing an anti-landmine vehicle near Chakarbandha forests in Barha village under the Dumaria police station in Gaya district of Bihar. The CRPF troopers were returning after conducting a raid on a Maoist hideout.
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