NAXAL ENCOUNTERAt least 10 Central Reserve Police Force commandos belonging to its elite COBRA battalion were killed and five others injured in a Naxal IED blast in the jungles of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, officials said.

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The jawans of the COBRA unit were ambushed in the IED blast after which an encounter started on Monday afternoon between the two resulting in the killing of three Naxals by late night, they said.

“While eight personnel were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries when they were being evacuated,” a senior official said.

The incident was reported from Chakarbanda-Dumarinala forests of the said district, bordering Gaya.

Some arms and ammunition, including an AK-47 rifle, INSAS rifle and under barrel grenade launcher were also recovered from the site.

Officials said five other personnel were critically injured in the fierce gunbattle that ensued after the IED blast.

The jawans belonged to the 205th COBRA battalion and were deployed in the state for conducting anti-Naxal operations.

“Five CRPF cobra jawans were injured. Two are currently being treated in Gaya, and three are being treated in Patna,” said Sunil Kumar.

A wreath laying ceremony was also conducted for two of the CRPF jawans on Tuesday.

This is one of the biggest casualties of the elite COBRA unit which has been raised by the CRPF for undertaking special jungle warfare operations.

Addition reinforcements of the state police and CRPF have reached the spot and a search operation has been launched.