New Delhi: In a major Naxal attack in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, at least 15 C-60 commandos were martyred and a civilian was killed when the private vehicle they were travelling in was targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) on Wednesday afternoon.
The attack was carried out on the Kurkheda-Korchi road near Jambhurkheda village panchayat in north Gadchiroli, a Naxal-hit area.
This is the second attack by Naxals in Gadchiroli in the last 24 hours. The C-60 commandos were on their way to another spot where the Naxals had set more than 50 vehicles ablaze Tuesday night.
Earlier, the Naxals had torched more than 50 vehicles and machines used for road construction in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. The incident took place early in the day when the state was getting ready to celebrate its foundation day, Maharashtra Divas; while the Maoists were in the final stages of observing a week-long protest to mark the first anniversary of 40 of their comrades who were gunned down by security forces on April 22 last year.