Maoists use pressure IEDs to target security forces

PUNE : In the recent times, the Maoists in the Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Gadchiroli have turned to the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that employ a pressure mechanism.

This was the finding of the Central Reserve Police Force’s Institute of IED Management (IIM) at Talegaon, which imparts special training on the handling of the IEDs to the security forces.

In the past few months, as many as 10 IED blasts have taken place, killing one constable and grievously injuring five others. A senior Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer, who has analyzed the new trend, told TOI on Friday, “In the past five years, the Maoists were not known for using pressure IEDs. They used to rely on Command Wire Mechanism (CWM) IED systems. However, the security forces had devised an effective mechanism to identify the CWM IEDs and foil the attacks.”

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Source: Times of India.