Maoists land mine injures 17 Chhattisgarh cops

October 31st, 2008 - 2:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Oct 31 (IANS) At least 17 policemen sustained minor injuries Friday when Maoist guerrillas detonated a powerful land mine in front of their vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s southern Bastar region.The incident took place on a state highway in Narayanpur district, some 250 km south of capital Raipur.

“It was a huge blast but fortunately it missed the target. The mine exploded 10 metres in front of the mini bus with 25 policemen on board,” Inspector General of Police A.N. Upadhyay told IANS.

“The blast created a huge crater on the road, and flying stones smashed window panes of the vehicle, injuring the policemen,” the officer said.

The injured men were rushed to a hospital in Narayanpur town, 18 km from the attack site.

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