Visakhapatnam, February 2

At least six jawans of Odisha State Armed Police were killed and seven jawans injured when the minibus they were travelling was flung off the road following a landmine blast reportedly planted by Maoists under a culvert on the hilly roads at Sunki in Koraput district exploded this afternoon.

Soon after the blast, the Tata 709 minibus carrying the jawans was flung at least 60 feet down the ghat road. The jawans, all drivers, were going from Koraput to Angul district for training as assistant drivers. The place where the blast occurred was about 2 kms away from Sunki.

Landmine Blast

The locals after hearing the blast rushed the injured jawans to the nearby hospitals. Immediately after getting information about the blast, security forces rushed to the spot. The culvert was totally damaged in the landmine blast.

After the blast, hundreds of vehicles on both sides of the blast spot were left stranded as road communication was completely cut off.

With this blast at AOB, tension mounted up in border villages. Special parties intensified combing operations. Senior police officials arranged an emergency meeting. Cops of both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha have been monitoring the situation.

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