At least 22 Indian security forces were killed, and 31 were injured by attacking Maoist rebels in the Bijapur district’s forests in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh in India.
Indian security personnel had been reportedly carrying out a clearance operation in the area when they were ambushed by the Naxalites and engaged in a four-hour firefight.
The chief of the Chhattisgarh police DM Awasthi said they are still trying to recover dead or wounded personnel in the area.
“My thoughts are with the families of those martyred while fighting Maoists in Chhattisgarh. The sacrifices of the brave martyrs will never be forgotten. May the injured recover at the earliest,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Avinash Mishra, the deputy superintendent of police in Bijapur said that some of the dead bodies of the Naxalites have also been removed in the area using tractors.
Naxalites have been in conflict with the Indian government since the 1960s but their presence has been limited to the Sukma-Bijapur border areas only due to ongoing state security operations.
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