22 Counterinsurgency Officers Killed in Guerrilla Ambush in India

Published April 5, 2021

22 Indian Counterinsurgency Officers Killed in Guerrilla Ambush

At least 22 Indian counterinsurgency officers were killed and 30 injured in an ambush by guerrillas in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Counterinsurgency officers belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force’s CoBRA unit, the District Reserve Guard, and the Special Task Force were attacked on Saturday in Chhattisgarh state during a failed counter-insurgency operation.

They were killed in a gunfight that lasted for four hours in the border district of Sukma, 540km (340 miles) south of Raipur.

It was the most successful attack in terms of enemy casualties by left-wing guerrillas in India since 2017.

On Saturday, hundreds of police and paramilitary soldiers attempted to raid a hideout in Bijapur district after receiving intelligence that a large number of guerrillas had gathered there. At least five counterinsurgency officers were killed in the incident.