CoBRA commando killed, 9 injured in IED blast

India: An Assistant Commandant of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) died while undergoing treatment for injuries he sustained in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Sukma district on November 28 night, the Chhattisgarh police said.

The condition of the remaining nine injured, including second-in-command Dinesh Kumar Singh, was stable and they were believed to be out of danger while undergoing treatment in Raipur.

Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao succumbed to his injuries, said Sundarraj P., Inspector General of Police, Bastar.

An IED went off at 8.30 p.m. near the Arabraj Metta hills under the Chintagufa police station limits of the district while an anti-Maoist operation was under way. The incident occurred 9 km northwest of the police station and 6 km west of the Burkapal base camp, the police said.

Eight personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force’s (CRPF) 206 CoBRA were injured in the blast, and were evacuated to the Chintalnar field hospital. Later in the night, they were airlifted to Raipur, where the Assistant Commandant died at 3.30 a.m. on November 29.

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