Some jawans were also reported to be injured in the explosion, but there was no official confirmation yet, he said.
The blast occurred when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was patrolling in a forest in Kistaram area of Sukma, located around 500 kms from here, a paramilitary official told PTI.
Nine people have died in the attack, the injured are being brought to Jagdalpur or Raipur. It is really unfortunate that we lost these brave men: DM Awasthi, Special DG Naxal Operations on Sukma attack. pic.twitter.com/vKmlA3VtOa
— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2018
The security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest of Kistaram when the Maoists blew up the CRPF's mine-protected vehicle, he said.
The rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle, the official said.
Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that further details were awaited.