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India: IED kills five people in Chhattisgarh state April 9 /update 4

Roadside bomb kills five people in Dantewada district (Chhattisgarh state) April 9; further attacks possible in coming days and weeks ahead of polling on April 11, 18, and 23

09 avr. 14h24 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 9/4/2019, 12h00 until 14/4/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Chhattisgarh, Dontewada district (Chhattisgarh state)
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Event

An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state on Tuesday, April 9, killing five people, including an elected official. According to local sources, suspected Maoist rebels planted the roadside bomb and subsequently opened fire on the local politician's convoy on Tuesday evening (local time). Security reinforcements with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed to the area. Further such attacks are possible over the coming days, particularly in the lead up to the national elections. Polling in Chhattisgarh is scheduled for April 11, 18, and 23.

Context

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.

A bombing on March 20 targeting a vehicle wounded nine civilians in Bijapur district. On March 18, a complex attack in Dantewada district killed one soldier and left at least five others wounded.

India is scheduled to hold nationwide general elections beginning in April. Rebels in Chhattisgarh have been known to increase attacks ahead of elections to delegitimize the process.

Advice

Individuals in Chhattisgarh are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. travel restrictions), and remain vigilant for militant activity, particularly if traveling to rural areas.

 

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