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Six die in Maoist attack on Bokaro CISF camp

DHANBAD: At least six people were reported to have been killed when an armed group of 300 Maoists on Friday night attacked the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) camp and the adjoining Gandhinagar police station building in Bokaro thermal power city area of the neighbouring Bokaro district.

The attack on the CISF camp took place around 8.30 in the night when only six jawans were on sentry duty. According to police, the Maoists exploded a series of bombs and also blew up the Pilpilo road bridge connecting the Central Coalfields Limited's Khashmahal project with the main highway.

Reports said the six people were killed on the spot as the trucks and dumpers they were driving tossed up to 15 metres towards the sky under the impact of the explosions triggered by the Maoists.

Rocket launchers are said to have been used in the attack. The Maoists were advancing towards the Bokaro thermal power police station and were 200 metres away from the building when the reports last reached here.

Maintaining that the Maoists have been challenged by the CISF jawans, police sources in Bokaro denied receipt of reports of any casualty as the area was 40 km away from the district headquarters and the camp was located in a mining area.

The area is considered a Naxal stronghold. Last December, at least 15 policemen were killed in a landmine explosion triggered by Maoists at Kankiro near Bokaro. Koylanchal DIG Anurag Gupta said reinforcements led by Bokaro SP Priya Dubey have rushed to the spot.

According to CISF DIG Sunil Roy, around 30 CISF personnel were deployed at the camp.

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posted by Resistance 4/07/2007 09:07:00 AM,

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