An improvised explosive device (IED) detonation reportedly wounded four people in Chikpal (Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh state) on Monday, July 8. Officials suspect that Maoist rebels, or Naxalites, planted the device.
Similar incidents are possible in the coming weeks and months in Chhattisgarh and the surrounding areas.
Chhattisgarh is experiencing an ongoing insurgency conducted by Maoist rebels, also known as Naxalites. An estimated 6000 people have died in the past 20 years, though activities have decreased recently due, in part, to a security crackdown. Restrictions on the movement of foreigners are in place for some rural areas of eastern India, including parts of Chhattisgarh.
Individuals in Chhattisgarh are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. travel restrictions) and their home governments, and remain vigilant for militant activity, particularly if traveling to rural areas.
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