Five security personnel, including three CRPF men, were today injured in an IED blast during an anti-Naxal operation in the jungles of Latehar district, near Jharkhand's border with Maoist violence-hit Chhattisgarh.

Officials said the incident occurred when a security team led by CRPF's CoBRA unit was on the 'Bura Pahar' axis where Latehar's border touches another district of the state -- Garhwa -- and neighbouring Chhattisgarh. 

"Five troops have suffered minor injuries after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded. They include two assistant commandants and a jawan of the CRPF and two sub-inspectors of Jharkhand police. The team was out for an anti-Maoist operation," they said. 

The operation has been intensified by the patrol party on the spot and the injured are being air-lifted to Ranchi, they said. 

The Central Reserve Police Force CRPF) is deployed in the state as part of the anti-Naxal operations grid. 

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