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RAIPUR (Web Desk) – At least seven paramilitary security officials were killed in a powerful landmine attack on Wednesday.

According to Indian media, Naxals carried out deadly landmine targeting Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle in insurgency-hit Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

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The Maoist looted the truck of weapons after exploding the mine which left a massive four-foot crater in the road. The truck was blown to pieces.

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The blast left a huge crater in the ground and ripped apart the vehicle.

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Director General Police Chhattisgarh Ajay Chandrakar said “Seven jawans (officers) of the CRPF were killed.”

They said the troops belonged to the 230th battalion of the force deployed in south Bastar area for anti-Naxal operations.

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Dantewada, part of the mineral rich Bastar region, has long been a Naxal stronghold.