New Delhi: It was a narrow escape for the 209 CoBRA team who were on a special operation against naxals when an IED blast took place on Tuesday morning in Jharkhand. According to initial information, a total of 11 Jawans have been injured in the incident, and no casualties have been reported. 

The improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Jharkhand's Kuchai area of Saraikella at around 4:53 am and targeted the troops of 209 CoBRA and Jharkhand Police. According to the local police, the security forces were out on a special operation. The 11 injured jawans were airlifted to Ranchi at 6:52 am.

DGP DK Pandey said that the IEDs were installed by naxals to affect the election process. A joint operation by CoBRA, Jharkhand Jaguar and Jharkhand Police is being done to clear the area. Anti-personnel mines were triggered by the naxals in which 11 jawans were injured, and three are critical.

While Naxals are consistently using IEDs to target security forces, Indian Army and the paramilitary forces are also facing a tough time in Jammu and Kashmir as terror outfits have also started using explosive devices

A day before, Indian Army diffused an IED bomb which was recovered near Kallar area on the Jammu-Poonch Highway.

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The bomb disposal squad of the Army reached the spot, and the area was cordoned off. The officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were also present at the spot.
On Sunday as well, Naxals in Chhattisgarh attacked a Congress party worker. The deceased Congress worker was attacked by a group by Naxals when he went to Kostapara, which is in limits of Bhairamgarh police station on Saturday night to attend a wedding ceremony. 

The prima facie evidence shows that Samrat was hacked to death with sharp-edged weapons after he was brutally beaten up. However, police also said that it is too early to tell that naxals murdered as no pamphlets of the extremist group were found. 

(With inputs from agencies)