Chhattisgarh: 17 security personnel killed in encounter with Naxals in Sukma

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A total of 17 security personnel of DRG and STF lost their lives on Sunday in the encounter with Naxals in Sukma, said Chhattisgarh Police.

“Total 17 security personnel (5 Special Task Force, 12 District Reserve Guards) have lost their lives in an encounter in Sukma, yesterday. They were missing and security forces were trying to locate them after an encounter with Naxals,” said Chhattisgarh Police.

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The 15 paramilitary jawans who were injured, three of them critically, during the encounter were airlifted and brought to a hospital in Raipur.

PM Narendra Modi condemned the attack and paid tribute to the 17 security personnel of District Reserve Guards (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF).

“Strongly condemn the Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. My tributes to the security personnel martyred in the attack. Their valour will never be forgotten. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured,” he wrote on Twitter.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel visited Rama Krishna Hospital in Raipur to meet the security personnel who were injured in the encounter.

BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan also expressed his condolences to the kin of the security personnel and expressed anguish over the deaths of soldiers.

(With ANI Inputs)

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