At least eight personnel of the 212 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in an IED blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Tuesday, reported news agency PTI. Personnel were conducting an area-domination operation in a forest in the Kistaram area, when their mine-protected vehicle (MPV) was reportedly blown up. Reinforcements were rushed to the spot, soon after the attack.

“Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast,” a paramilitary official was quoted as saying by PTI. He added that several explosives were used to blow up the vehicle.

Last April, in the biggest Maoist attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh in the last seven years, 25 jawans were killed and six injured in an ambush in the Burkapal area of Sukma. According to officials, personnel from the 74th Battalion of CRPF were ambushed after emerging from their camp to secure an under-construction road in the area.