The physique of a feminine insurgent was additionally discovered, senior police officer D.M. Awasthi instructed The Related Press.
State-run All India Radio initially reported 20 lacking officers, the AP reported.
“The sacrifices of the courageous martyrs won’t ever be forgotten,” Prime Minister Narenda Modi wrote on Twitter after the assault. “Might the injured get better on the earliest.”
The assault focused safety personnel from the Central Reserve Police Pressure’s elite CoBRA unit, the District Reserve Guard and the Particular Activity Pressure, officers stated Sunday, in response to Reuters.
It occurred within the state of Chhattisgarh throughout an anti-insurgency operation, Om Prakash Pal, a senior police official, instructed the information outlet.
The deaths occurred throughout a four-hour gunbattle in Sukma, a border district 340 miles from Raipur, the state capital, Reuters reported. A search was underway for the lacking officers, Pal instructed the outlet.
The assault continued rebel combating that has gone on for many years between the Maosist, also called Naxals, and the federal government.
A earlier assault final month in opposition to a bus carrying 20 safety officers additionally left 5 officers useless, in response to Reuters.
The Related Press contributed to this story.