A convoy of three BSF vehicles carrying 18 personnel was ambushed when it was travelling from Patangi to Sunki at around 09:30am during an official movement, sources said.

The IED, embedded in the road, exploded as the first vehicle in the convoy crossed the area, resulting in the death of four troopers.

Two injured personnel have been rushed to the nearby hospital in Sunki while a gunfight was on at the blast site when the reports last came in.

"The troops retaliated and the firing was on for an hour. All the weapons of the ambushed party are intact," a senior BSF officer said.

Additional reinforcements from state police and paramilitary have reached the spot and combing operations have begun. Koraput is about 363 kms from state capital Bhubaneshwar.

The brutal incident reminds that government took no lesson from the heinous Naxal attacks in Chhattisgarh where several Congress leaders including VC Shukla killed in June.

(JPN/Agencies)

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