Maharashtra: IED Blast by Naxals Kills 16 Security Personnel on Maharashtra Day

The blast was executed by naxals on a police vehicle which was carrying 16 security personnel (Image: ANI)

Sixteen security personnel were killed in an IED blast by Naxals in Gadhchiroli in Maharashtra on Wednesday, 1 May. 1 May is also celebrated as Maharashtra Day. A police vehicle which was carrying 16 security personnel was struck by the IED.

The vehicle was carrying personnel from Kukheda Quick Response Team of Gadhchiroli Police. The blast took place on the road between Jamborkheda and Lendhari, as per local police.

According to ANI, earlier in the day Naxals had allegedly set ablaze 26 machines and vehicles at a road construction site in the area.

“Strongly condemn the despicable attack on our security personnel in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. I salute all the brave personnel. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts & solidarity are with the bereaved families. The perpetrators of such violence will not be spared.” PM Narendra Modi tweeted.

I strongly condemn this attack and we will fight this menace with even more and stronger efforts. I also spoke to Hon Union Home Minister @rajnathsingh ji and briefed him about the situation in Maharashtra.” Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted.

“Attack on Maharashtra Police personnel in Gadchiroli is an act of cowardice and desperation. We are extremely proud of the valour of our police personnel. Their supreme sacrifice while serving the nation will not go in vain. My deepest condolences to their families.” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.

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