The Naxals triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) to blow up the police vehicle on Wednesday on the Kurkheda-Korchi road in Gadchiroli when a team of the C-60 commandoes, an anti-Naxal unit, was patrolling the area.
The vehicle, which was targetted by the Naxals, was carrying 16 security personnel from the Kurkheda Quick Response Team of Gadchiroli police.
Before this, on Wednesday, Naxals set ablaze 27 machines and vehicles at a road construction site in Kurkheda of Gadchiroli district. The incident took place when the state was getting ready to celebrate its foundation day, Maharashtra Divas. The Maoists were in the final stages of observing a week-long protest to mark the first anniversary of 40 of their comrades who were gunned down by security forces on April 22 last year.
Earlier on April 11, an encounter broke out between CRPF personnel and Naxals in the Naxal affected district of Gadchiroli.
In January this year, Naxals set ablaze vehicles in the villages of Kurkheda, Korchi and Potegaon here.
This is the biggest attack on security forces in the last two years in Maharashtra.