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SOURCE: ANI

An encounter broke out between security forces and Naxalites in the core area of the battalion in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh, on Friday morning, officials said. According to officials, the exchange of gunfire between security forces and Naxalites occurred two to three times since morning, but all soldiers remain safe and secure.

The District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Cobra soldiers were conducting an anti-Naxal operation in the Raigudam area. “The encounter is still ongoing”, Sukma SP Kiran Singh Chawhan said. More details are awaited.

Earlier, in another anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh, seven Maoists, including two women, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Abujhmad of the Narayanpur-Kanker border area on April 30. A large quantity of weapons, ammunition, and explosives, including an AK-47, were recovered from the encounter site, according to a top police official. “A joint team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was conducting an anti-Naxal operation on Monday night.

The gunfight took place in the forest area located between the villages of Tekmeta and Kakur,” IG (Bastar Range) P Sundarraj had said.