At least 16 people, including 15 security personnel, were killed in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Wednesday, police said.
Prior to the blast, the Naxals torched 25 vehicles belonging to a road contractor earlier in the day, police said.
The security personnel belonging to Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of Gadchiroli police were on the way to inspect torched vehicles area when they were targeted with an IED blast, the official said.
The blast took place as their vehicle reached Lendhari nullah in Kurkheda area, the official said.
Maharashtra Director General of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal said on Wednesday that the Naxal attack was not a result of intelligence failure.
Terming it a “big loss” for the force, Jaiswal said that police “were ready to give a befitting reply to the Naxals”.
“I cannot call this an intelligence failure… The Maharashtra police will take whatever action needed against such activities. It is a big loss for Maharashtra police,” Jaiswal said.