//Maoists intensify attacks, 11 killed

Maoists intensify attacks, 11 killed

Raipur/Ranchi: Stepping up their attacks, Maoists today detonated a landmine, blasted a communication tower and a portion of a railway station, and attacked a police post killing 11 security personnel and wounding 17 in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Nine jawans, belonging to a Naga battalion engaged in anti-naxal operations, were killed and an equal number injured in a landmine explosion in naxal-infested Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The jawans were travelling in a vehicle when the Maoists detonated the landmine in Kottacheur area.

Elsewhere in the state, the ultras, hurling explosives and firing shots, attacked a police post killing two security personnel and wounding eight. They also blew up a communication tower in Jashpur district. The Maoists, numbering 150, took away a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, Chhattisgarh director general of police Om Prakash Rathore told PTI in Raipur. He said the Maoists also blasted a communication tower in the area before fleeing, cutting off communication links with Jashpur. They planted explosives in a room of the station and blasted it, police said in Ranchi.

The Maoists also stopped an iron ore-laden train at the station but did not cause any damage to it.

The DGP said the attack took place close to the Jharkhand border and most likely Maoists from that state were involved in the strike. In Jharkhand, nearly 15 Maoists stormed Karampeda railway station and blew up a portion of it. However, there were no casualties.