CRPF’s sniffer dog killed in IED blast; handler injured

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CRPF’s sniffer dog killed in IED blast; handler injured

Raipur, Apr 7 (PTI) A sniffer dog of the CRPF died and its handler injured today when a pressure bomb planted by Maoists went off in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said.

The incident occurred at around 1620 hrs when a Road Opening Party (ROP) of CRPF’s 170th battalion was returning to its camp after a combing operation in Modakpal police station area, a district police official told PTI.

The ROP, accompanied by a sniffer dog, had launched the operation from its camp in Chinna Kodepal village.

Just 2km ahead of the camp, the canine, named Cracker, sniffed a pressure IED (improvised explosive device). The device got triggered probably due to some movement during sniffing and exploded, killing the canine, he said.

Its handler, constable B Bhanu Prakash Reddy, received minor injuries on his hand, the official said.

Cracker, a Belgian shepherd (Malinois) breed dog, was inducted into the CRPF battalion in December 2015, he said.

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