At least five jawans of Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP) were on Wednesday evening reportedly killed and 20 others were seriously injured when suspected Maoists detonated a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Mogarguma village under Sunki police limits on Sunki-Salur highway in Odisha’s Koraput district.
The Maoists detonated an Improvised Explosive Device when the mini bus, carrying 12 policemen and a civilian, reached near Mogarguma village on the Sunki-Salur highway, sources said. The blast was of high intensity, creating a 7-feet deep crater on the highway.
Maoist menace was seen to be on the decline in the state, with many of them accepting the government’s peace initiative. Over the last year, at least 26 senior Maoists and over 700 members of their militia had surrendered following outreach programmes by the government.
Sources said the death toll is most likely to rise as many of the jawans have suffered serious injuries.
Preliminary reports said, at around 5.25 pm, – the rebels triggered the blast when a mini-bus carrying 70 OASP jawans was on its way to Angul Police Training College for further training.
The intensity of the blast was so intense that the bus was severely damaged and fell down 70 feet off the road.
Unconfirmed sources said the rebels after detonating the IED surrounded the injured jawans and slit throats of some of them.