RAIPUR: A group of police personnel had a close shave on Friday as Maoists triggered two landmine blasts in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.
The rebels exploded landmine near Sarpanch Para village under Awapalli police station limits when the security personnel were walking on foot while patrolling the region, a senior police official told .
However, no injuries or causalities were reported in the incident, he added.
The patrolling party was mobilized from Awaplli and when it reached near Sarpanch Para after covering a distance of two kms in the forests, the explosives went off.
Soon after the explosion, ultras opened indiscriminate firing on the security personnel following which they retaliated, he said.
After a short exchange of gunfire, Naxals fled to the core forests, he said.
During the search following the gun-battle, an improvised explosive device (IED) was detected at the spot, he said.
Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and a hunt has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he added.