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Police foil Naxal attack on explosive depot

Raipur, Feb. 1 (PTI): Security forces foiled an attack by Naxalites on an explosive depot of the state-run National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, police said today.

Naxalites attacked the Hiroli Explosive Depot of NMDC, about 550 km from here, and opened fire late last night but security forces foiled their attempt to loot explosives, Dantewada's Superintendent of Police Maj Om Prakash Pal said.

The exchange of fire by both sides continued for a long period, following which the Maoists escaped into the jungles, Pal said.

Since the Naxalites had earlier looted a huge amount of explosives from the same depot, additional forces had been rushed to the spot and nearby police stations had been placed on alert, he said.

"The explosive depot is safe and none of the security forces sustained any injury," he said.
On February 10 last year, Naxalites killed eight CISF personnel and injured nine during a raid on the same depot.

Besides looting a huge amount of explosives stocked in the depot for mining activities, the Naxalites also escaped with 14 self-loading rifles (SLRs), a 9mm pistol, two wireless sets and a large amount of ammunition.


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posted by Bimal 2.2.07,


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