A landmine blast triggered by CPI-M Maoists in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra has killed three policemen, according to sources.
The incident took place near Shevargaon village in the dense forests close to the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh state border, said police official Dharamdas Bhusari of Gadchiroli Police Control.
Acting on a tip-off, the anti-Naxal commando force jawans were conducting a combing operation in the Bada Zariya forest area in Dhanora taluka when the Naxals triggered a landmine blast.
The attack took place in the wee hours today and the three policemen were patrolling the area in a police van when they were targeted.
The attack could be part of a larger ambush plan of Naxals to target the government machinery, he said.
Senior police officials have rushed to the spot and the bodies are being brought to Gadchiroli, police said.
This is a major attack by Maoists in the last few months after police eliminated more than 23 ultras in different operations this year.