At least eight CRPF commandos belonging to its elite COBRA battalion were tonight killed in a Naxal IED blast in the jungles of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, officials said. It is reported that the blast was triggered by a 10 years old boy. In fact the entire operation was conducted by child brigade of Naxalites.
The jawans of the COBRA unit were ambushed in the IED blast after which an encounter started between the two, resulting in the killing of three Naxals, they said.
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The incident was reported from Chakarbanda forests of Aurangabad, bordering Imamganj. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site.
Officials said the casualties may rise as some of the jawans of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) were critically injured in a fierce gun battle, which was still raging.
Officials said the mobile phone connectivity was poor in the area, hence much information was not trickling out.
The jawans belonged to the 205th COBRA battalion and were deployed in the state for conducting anti-Naxal operations.
This is one of the biggest casualties of the elite COBRA unit, which has been raised by the CRPF for undertaking special jungle warfare operations