Malkangiri: In a landmine explosion allegedly triggered by Maoists, three jawans of Special Operations Group (SOG) were injured in Mathili area here today.
According to sources, the SOG jawans had planned a combing operation in the area after having received information about a meeting that had been convened there by red rebels of Bastar division last night.
Over 30 red rebels had reportedly planted the landmine suspecting movement of security personnel in the region. Following the explosion, an exchange of fire also took place between the jawans and Maoists.
While one jawan was admitted in Malkangiri District Headquarter Hospital (DHH), the other two critically injured security personnel were immediately air-lifted to Vishakhapatnam, from a BSF camp at Bogapadar, after their condition deteriorated.
Combing operations have been intensified in the area following the incident, officials added.