NEW DELHI, May 21 (KUNA) -- Some 16 policemen were killed in an attack by Naxal militants in the Gadchiroli District of India's Maharashtra state on Thursday.
Official Indian radio reported that amongst the killed, were two senior officers.
The policemen were attacked by the gunmen while attempting to remove a road blockade earlier placed by the militants.
The Naxal, who predominantly occupy central and eastern Indian states, have been carrying out more frequent attacks on government establishments and employees recently.
The group, who adopt a Marxist communist ideology, are demanding more rights for farmers in the region. (end) KUNA 212128 May 09NNNN