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Ahead of Rajnath visit, 2 CAF jawans injured in IED blast

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Raipur:  Ahead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit here tomorrow, two jawans of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast triggered by naxals in insurgency-hit Sukma district today.

The explosion occurred while a team of CAF was patrolling near Dharampenta village under Kistaram police station limits to ensure security of an under construction culvert, Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shrawan told PTI.

When the security forces were cordoning off the construction site, located nearly 450 kms away from here on Konta-Kistaram route in the extreme south Bastar, naxals triggered the explosion, leaving two jawans injured, he said.

Firing also broke out between security forces and rebels which lasted for a short period following which naxals fled into the dense forests, the SP added.

Soon after the incident, the jawans were rushed to a local health centre, he said.

Meanwhile, a combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers.

The Home Minister will arrive at Raipur tomorrow afternoon for his two-day visit to Chhattisgarh.

During the tour, Singh will also visit Sukma to inaugurate a newly built fortified police station at Dornapal.

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