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Injured personnel of Special Task Force being treated after an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on April 11, 2015. The encounter took place in Pedmal forest area of the district when a team of STF was out on an operation. [File picture]IANS

In a third Naxal attack on jawans since Saturday, the head constable of Border Security Force lost his life late on Sunday in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district.

"A BSF head constable succumbed to bullet injuries, sustained during the gunfight, while being taken to a local hospital," PTI quoted Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena as saying.

The gunfire between the insurgents and the security forces started late on Sunday night when the rebels attacked a BSF camp at Chhotebetiya forested area in Pakhanjoor locality of Kanker.

"The alert BSF jawans opened fire on rebels when they tried to storm the camp," state's head of Naxal operation RK Vij told IANS. The deceased jawan has been identified as RP Solanki.

Earlier on Saturday, seven personnel of Special Task Force (STF) were killed and 12 others were left injured in a Naxal ambush along the Pidmel-Polampalli area of Sukma district.

The deceased's bodies were retrieved from the jungles on Sunday, more than 24 hours later. Bad weather had prevented the security forces from bringing back their bodies for funeral.