Two police commandos injured in blast targeting polling party

Two police commandos injured in blast targeting polling party
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Gadchiroli: Two police commandos were injured in a blast triggered by Naxals, while escorting a polling party in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district Thursday.

The blast was the second in the day and third since Wednesday, police said.

The injured commandos were from Maharashtra police’s C-60 force, an official said. The blast was triggered using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), police said.

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The blast took place near Hetri village in Etapalli tehsil when the polling party was returning to the district headquarters after the voting was over, said a police official.

As the team reached Parsalgondi area, the IED was triggered and two C-60 commandos were seriously injured, he said.

They were taken to a hospital in Nagpur.

Earlier in the morning, Naxals triggered an IED blast near a polling booth in Waghezari area, 150 metres from a polling booth, in the district.

Nobody was injured in that blast.

On Wednesday, Naxals denoted an IED at Gatta Jambia village in Etapalli tehsil when a polling party was heading for a polling station. A CRPF jawan was injured.

Gadchiroli was among the seven seats in Maharashtra where polling took place Thursday.