BSF officer injured while defusing IED
A Border Security Force (BSF) officer was on Wednesday when an IED, apparently planted by Maoists, exploded while it was being defused by a bomb disposal squad (BDS) in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district. The incident took place near a BSF camp in Korenar village under Bande police station limits, a senior police official told PTI over phone. The injured was identified as Assistant Commandant Pradeep M, attached to the BSF’s 171 Battalion, he added. The home-made bomb was placed beneath the ground on a dirt track between Korenar village and the BSF camp, about 125 km from here, and it was spotted during a search operation by security personnel. A BDS unit of the BSF was summoned and when it was defusing the improvised explosive device (IED), it suddenly went off, injuring Pradeep who was standing nearby, he said. “The BSF official suffered splinter injuries. However, no harm was reported to the BDS members as they were in heavy protective suits,” he added. The injured official was rushed to a local hospital and then airlifted to the State capital Raipur for further treatment, he added.