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PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi condemn Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

At least 17 jawans were killed and 14 others injured in a Naxal attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh that took place on Saturday.

PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi condemn Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condemned the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, saying the valour of security personnel will not be forgotten.

"Strongly condemn the Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. My tributes to the security personnel martyred in the attack. Their valour will never be forgotten," Modi tweeted.

He expressed condolences to the bereaved families. "I pray for a quick recovery of those injured," he said.

After all the 17 bodies of security personnel killed in a gun-battle with Maoists in forests of the insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh were recovered on Sunday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed anguish over their killing, here on Sunday.

"I am devastated with the martyrdom of 17 jawans and injured. I offer condolence to families of the martyr, and wish speedy recovery of the injured," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Of the 17, 12 were the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and 5 special task force (STF) personnel, the state police sources told IANS. They were killed on Saturday.

The bodies were recovered during a search operation in the Sukma forested area around noon (CoBRA), an elite unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The slain security personnel were part of a group of nearly 600 personnel belonging to the joint DRG, STF and CoBRA team that had launched an anti-Maoist operation from three sides towards Elmagunda in Sukma on Saturday.

(With inputs from IANS)

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