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Naxal attack: PM Modi expresses grief over loss of lives of CRPF personnel

Updated: Jul 19, 2016 14:38 IST

New Delhi, July 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his grief on the loss of lives of CRPF personnel who were killed in an ambush by Naxals in Bihar and extended his condolences to the families of the slain defence personnel.

"The Prime Minister has expressed grief on the loss of lives of CRPF personnel in Bihar. He prays for a speedy recovery of the injured. PM @narendramodi extends his condolences to the families of the martyred CRPF personnel in this hour of sadness," the Prime Minister's Office said in a series of tweets.

Earlier today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar regarding the ambush on the CRPF.

Rajnath also instructed Director General, CRPF to rush to Aurangabad to assess the situation post the ambush.

The Home Minister also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the slain CRPF personnel and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

At least ten CRPF personnel were killed and five injured in an encounter between the Naxal and the Cobra battalion near the border of Imamganj and Aurangabad police station in Bihar.

The bodies of three Naxals were also recovered.

As per reports, the jawans of the COBRA unit were ambushed in an IED blast after which an encounter started between the two.

Bihar Director General of Police P K Thakur told ANI that eight jawans died on spot, while two of them died on their way to the hospital. (ANI)