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Security personnel travelling in the blast-hit MPV were carrying eight automatic rifles, of which four were recovered after the attack, while the rest are missing, Awasthi said. The last rites would be performed with full state honours in his village on Wednesday, said family sources.

In yet another grim reminder of the growing Naxal menace in the northern part of the country, Naxals killed 9 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in a landmine attack in Sukma in Chhattisgarh.

"Our jawans sacrificed their lives while fighting a tough battle". Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the incident was "deeply distressing" and asked CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar to rush to Chhattisgarh. We are pained over the incident and at the same time taking this as a challenge. To a question on yesterday's Naxal attack, he said there was no lack of intelligence inputs. The three CRPF personnel hailed from Uttar Pradesh. The soldiers were killed after their armoured was blown up by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

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The security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest of Kistaram when the Maoists blew up the CRPF's mine-protected vehicle, he said.

Road construction in Sukma, a Maoist hotbed in Chhattisgarh, has unsettled the rebels, leading them to frequently target security personnel in a bid to stop such projects, a state police official said.

On Tuesday too, CRPF's elite CoBRA commandos had averted an ambush around 8 am in Palodi area, which is close to Andhra-Telangana border, but another team of 212th battalion, which was moving in a convoy of motorcycles and two MPVs, was targeted using an IED.

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