//12 CRPF personnel killed in landmine blast

12 CRPF personnel killed in landmine blast


Twelve members of a CRPF bomb bomb disposal squad were killed when their vehicle was blown up to pieces in a landmine explosion triggered by maoists near Kiriburu in naxal-affected West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand today.

The personnel were returning this afternoon after defusing 16 bombs planted in a camp school, used by police during long-range patrolling in Thalkobad, when the landmine exploded killing all of them, Inspector General of Police (Zonal) D K Pande said.

The squad had defused eight bombs yesterday and an equal number today, planted by the Communist Party of India (Maoist), at the camp.

Zonal IG and Superintendent of Police of the district N K Sinha rushed to the spot after the explosion, which occurred between 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm.