Fifteen security personnel and their driver were killed in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli today after a powerful explosion, set off by Maoists, blew up their vehicle.
An improvised explosive device (IED) blast was triggered on a police vehicle in the Maoist-affected district that borders Chhattisgarh.
The blast followed the Maoists torching 25 vehicles belonging to a road construction contractor earlier in the day, police said.
Those killed were members of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of Gadchiroli Police, which was on its way to inspect the torched vehicles, an official said.
The blast took place as the vehicle reached Lendhari Nallah in Kurkheda area, the official said.
QRT was on the way to check vehicles, machines burnt earlier in the day of Maoists.
PM Modi named the attack as "despicable" and said that "perpetrators of such violence will not be spared"
Maoists attacks on a day when the state is celebrating Maharastra Day.