Friday, June 12, 2009

Naxalites strike again, kill 10 cops in Jharkhand

Jharkhand
13 Jun 2009, 0237 hrs IST, Divy Khare, TNN


BOKARO: Three days after they killed 10 cops in a landmine blast in West Singbhum, Naxalites on Friday launched two brazen daylight attacks in and
around a small town close to Bokaro, killing 10 policemen and injuring several others using landmines and bombs.

In the last two months, at least 112 security personnel have been killed in Naxalite attacks in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa.

The attack in Phusro town, 45 km from Bokaro, began around midday when policemen from Bermo police station were escorting a van carrying a Damodar Valley Corp remittance of Rs 14 lakh to the State Bank of India branch located in the busy market area.

No sooner had the policemen deposited the remittance money on the first floor of the bank and returned, they were ambushed. Bombs were hurled at them by the guerrillas, some of whom, according to witnesses were women.

Two policemen, one constable and a jawan were killed on the spot. Two Naxalite guerrillas were also injured, police said. The Bermo police station is barely 100 metres from the site of attack. In a separate attack, an anti-landmine vehicle carrying district police and special auxiliary police personnel from Nawadih police station was blown up by a powerful blast at Sarubera.

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