Naxals blasted 352 land mines in Aurangabad encounter

In the CRPF operation involving its elite CoBRA commando unit in Gaya-Aurangabad, in which 10 of them have been martyred, the preliminary investigation has revealed that Naxals had planted IEDs all over the ground in the jungle and 352 total land mine blasts took place within the radius of 2.5 kms between July 16, when the operation started, and July 18.   Sources say that a CRPF commando team went inside the jungle in Aurangabad following a specific input that senior naxal leaders were present there. The operation began on July 16 with CoBRA commandos, following standard operating procedures (SoPs), left to hunt the Naxals.   Officials say that the jungle is thick here and while their men were careful while walking, the Naxals had planted IEDs almost everywhere, which suggests that it may have taken them days to plant them.   The 10 CRPF commandoes, officials say, have largely died in IED blasts over two days while the convoy is also learnt to have killed at least 10-12 Naxals.   While body of 3 Naxals have been recovered, sources say that bodies of others were taken away by the ultras.   DG CRPF K Durga Prasad visited the spot on Tuesday along with senior officers.

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