NEW DELHI, INDIA: At least three women were killed and five others injured in an explosion in the remote forests of conflict-torn central India, police said on Thursday.
A 14-year-old girl was among the dead in the blast triggered by an improvised explosive device (IED) which exploded after a group of women collecting herbs accidentally stepped on the device in restive Chhattisgarh state.
“Two women died on the spot and one died in the hospital. Five more are injured in the blast,” Abhishek Meena, police chief of Narayanpur district, told AFP. One of the injured was a six month-old girl, he said.
The officer said they were yet to ascertain whether the explosive was meant to target the security forces in the area, which is one of the strongholds of Maoist rebels.