New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday condemned the Maoist attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh in which 16 people, including two senior Congress leaders, were killed.

"The incident in Chhattisgarh due to Naxal violence is very unfortunate. I condemn it in strong words and express my sympathy towards the victims," BJP President Rajnath Singh said.

"I want to appeal to all political parties that whether it is Naxalism or terrorism, we need to rid the country of these issues, rising above party politics," he said, adding, "the entire country should come together,” he said.

Over a thousand Maoists, hiding behind bushes in a forested area of Chhattisgarh's southern Bastar area, on Saturday attacked a Congress party convoy, carrying out a landmine blast and then opening fire, resulting in the death of 16 people, including two senior Congress leaders.

The incident took place in Sukma district around 5.15 pm when the leaders were returning to Jagdalpur after holding a Parivartan (transformation) rally. The state is headed for elections to its assembly later this year.


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