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They paid tributes to the CRPF personnel killed in today's Naxal attack in Sukma district. The personnel were onboard a mine protection vehicle which was passing through Kistaram, a naxal-dominated part of Sukma district. Commenting on the health condition of five injured jawans, the doctors attending them claimed that three of the jawans are said to be in a critical state.

New Delhi, Mar 13 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country salutes the nine CRPF personnel killed in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh and stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the bravehearts. The rebels, who had fired at the paramilitary force's Cobra battalion earlier in the morning, reportedly blew up the mine-protected vehicle the soldiers were travelling in.

On February 18, 2018, two security force personnel were killed and six injured in a gun battle with Maoists in Sukma district, the Indian Express reported on February 18, 2018.

Today's attack comes nearly 11 days after security personnel killed 10 alleged Naxalites in the state.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh met the injured CRPF personnel in the hospital. "I pray to the wounded jawans fast recovery".

Rajnath Singh termed the incident "deeply distressing" and asked CRPF Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar to visit the spot.

Officials added that the first encounter between the two sides took place at 8 am and later this contingent was targeted by the Maoists. "I bow to each and every security personnel who attained martyrdom while serving the nation", Singh wrote on Twitter.

"Failed intelligence mechanism, a lack of political will and (shortage of) resources to security forces have led to an increase in the Maoist violence", state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo told reporters.

According to official, the incident took place around 12:30 PM when troops of the 212th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle.