NEW DELHI, Nov 27 (KUNA) -- At least four personnel belonging to
paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed while two other
sustained critical injuries after Maoist insurgents ambushed their patrol in
India's central state of Chhattisgarh, Police said Wednesday.
The police said that the incident happened in Bijapur district when a CRPF
patrol, entrusted to secure the roads, was ambushed by Maoist insurgents in
the forests of Modakpal area on Wednesday morning.
More than hundred Maoist insurgents were hiding in the forest when they
attacked the patrol and sprayed bullets upon them, police said. The attack
left four CRPF men dead, five other injured.
They further said the insurgents decamped with weapons of soldiers during
an hour-long encounter.
Police said the injured have been hospitalized while as the additional
contingents of police and CRPF have been sent to the spot to take control of
Senior security officials and members of civil administrations have also
reached the spot.
On November 21, India said that Maoist rebels continue to pose major threat
to the country's national security as they continue to target security forces
and political leaders.
The Maoist rebels are active in 83 districts spread across nine states of
The Maoist rebels have been fighting in several Indian states for more than
40 years claiming they have been inspired by the Chinese revolutionary leader
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already described the Maoist
rebels as India's biggest internal security challenge. (end)
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