Maoists kill 40 in Dantewada bus attack

Maoists kill 40 in Dantewada bus attack

Raipur: Maoists on Monday blew up a bus killing at least 40 people, including several Special Police Officers (SPOs), in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, in the second brazen attack in little over a month.

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The Naxals attacked the bus carrying passengers from Gadiras to Bhusaras in Dantewada district, nearly 400 kms from the state capital, using improvised explosive device (IED) at around 4.45pm, an official said.

The SPOs, who are civilians assisting police in fighting the Naxals, were attached to Dantewada police, the official said.

The IED was planted on a metalled road and detonated by the Maoists using remote control device.

The attack came a day before the Maoists’ call for a 48-hour bandh in five states, including Chhattisgarh, from Tuesday in protest against the security operations launched against them by the Centre.