Raipur: Six BSF security personnel were injured in a blast set off by Naxals in Bijapur on Wednesday. Two of the soldiers are said to be critical after the Naxals set off an Improvised Explosive Device or IED on a truck around 9 am, the police said. The jawans belonged to BSF’s 414th battalion. 

"Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, belonging to 414th battalion, a District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawan, and a civilian, who was driving the vehicle, received injuries in the improvised explosive device (IED) blast," said Sundarraj P, a senior police officer in charge of anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh.

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Reinforcement teams were sent to the site of the blast. All the injured were taken to a hospital in Bijapur and are out of danger. If required, they would be air-lifted to Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur, 450 km away.

On Monday, two personnel of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were injured in a gunfight between security forces and Naxals in Bijapur district. Despite the attack, Chhattisgarh recorded over 76% turnout in the first phase of polling.

The second phase of the Chhattisgarh assembly election will be held on November 20 and the votes will be counted on December 11.

(With agency inputs)