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Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed grief over the death of CRPF personnel while Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the attack "tragic" and blamed "flawed policies" of the government for the incident.

On Tuesday, Nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred after suspected Naxals blew up their mine-protected vehicle in Chhattisgarh's Sukma, around a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district. He said, "Our jawans sacrificed their lives while fighting a tough battle. People of the country hope that this will not be repeated and the Centre is alert over it".

He said that yesterday morning, an exchange of fire took place between the CoBRA personnel (an elite wing of the CRPF) and Naxals. Chief Minister Raman Singh and MoS for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir paid tributes to the slain soldiers.

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The only thing that she has been asking is where her son "Manua" is, said a villager. "Again at about 12.30pm, the Naxals targeted another team of 212 battalion of CRPF in between Kistaram and Palodi in Sukma district in which a mine protection vehicle was blown up by triggering an improved explosive device", said a senior CRPF official, requesting anonymity.

The CRPF personnel were on a routine sortie at Kistaran in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.

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