BJP MLA, Four Security Personnel Killed In Dantewada Naxal Attack
Mangled remains of a vehicle after a BJP convoy was attacked by the Maoists in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. (PTI) 

BJP MLA, Four Security Personnel Killed In Dantewada Naxal Attack

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Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel were killed when their convoy was attacked by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, days before the first-phase polling in the state, police said.

The incident occurred at Shyamagiri hills when the MLA's convoy was heading towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli area.

The Naxalites blew up a vehicle in the convoy with an IED and opened fire at the occupants. The MLA and four security personnel were killed in the attack, police officials said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi "strongly" condemned the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, saying the sacrifice of those killed will not go in vain.

"Strongly condemn the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh,” Modi tweeted.

Security forces have been rushed to the area, the police said.

Dantewada falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha seat which will go to polls in the first phase on April 11.

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