The patrol of the 104th battalion of BSF was near its Janbai base in Malkangiri district when Maoists ambushed it with a landmine blast and firing at around 7.30 AM, a senior official said.

"Three personnel, including an Assistant Sub-inspector, Head Constable and Constable have been killed in the ambush while the company commander Assistant Commandant Ashok Kumar is among the six injured," he said.

Officials said a civilian was also killed during the ambush and senior BSF commanders have rushed to the spot.

"The officer, who is injured, has lost an eye. He and others have been admitted to government hospital in Malkangiri," they said.

Fresh reinforcements of the Border Security Force have been rushed in from nearby locations, they said.

BSF is deployed in the area for conducting anti-Naxal operations and the squad, which went on patrol last night, was on a similar task when the ambush happened.

The explosion took place when the group of BSF personnel from Janbai base camp near the construction site of Gurupriya bridge reached Chintamdoli ghat after crossing Chitrakonda reservoir by a boat, Inspector In-Charge of Chitrakonda police station Pitabas Dharua said.

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