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3 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Indian police say 10 Maoist ‘rebels’ killed in gunfight

AFP

NEW DELHI: At least 10 suspected Maoist rebels and a police officer were killed yesterday in a firefight deep in the jungles of central India, reports AFP.

Police said hundreds of commandos launched a pre-dawn assault on a suspected rebel hideout in Chhattisgarh state, triggering a gunfight that lasted several hours.

Maoist rebels have for decades been fighting the Indian state, demanding land, jobs and other rights for poor tribal groups.

The officer in charge of the latest operation said a large number of Maoist suspects—also known as Naxals—had escaped. “We have recovered 10 bodies of the Naxals,” said D M Awasthi, head of the Chhattisgarh anti-Naxal force, who also said one officer had died.

Awasthi said police believed a top rebel commander was among those killed in the gunfight.

Arms and ammunition were recovered from the site and police are scouring the area for the remaining suspects, he said.

 

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