Rebels set off mine, killing 4 In­dian po­lice

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Maoist rebels set off a land mine in cen­tral In­dia on Mon­day, killing at least four po­lice­men and in­jur­ing seven oth­ers, po­lice said.

The rebels, who claim to be in­spired by Chi­nese rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader Mao Ze­dong, tar­geted an anti- land mine ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing 11 troops, top lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cer R. K. Vij told re­porters. The am­bushed po­lice­men were pa­trolling in the Dan­te­wada dis­trict of Chhattisgarh state to pro­vide se­cu­rity for a gov­ern­ment road project.

Mon­day’s attack is the fourth in the last three days, raises the num­ber of killed po­lice­men to 12.

On Satur­day seven se­cu­rity of­fi­cials were killed in nearby Sukma dis­trict when rebels opened fire on pa­trolling troops.

In two sep­a­rate at­tacks one sol­dier was shot to death and sev­eral min­ing ve­hi­cles set on fire on Sun­day.

Few de­tails were avail­able about Mon­day’s attack be­cause the mas­sive ex­plo­sion also de­stroyed the lo­cal cell phone tower, Su­nita Sahu, an of­fi­cial at the Dan­te­wada po­lice con­trol room, said.

Those wounded in the attack have been air­lifted to a hos­pi­tal in the state cap­i­tal of Raipur.

The area is some 385 kilo­me­ters ( 240 miles) south of Raipur.

The rebels have been called In­dia’s big­gest in­ter­nal se­cu­rity threat, op­er­at­ing in 20 of In­dia’s 28 states with thou­sands of fighters. They’ve been fight­ing for over three decades to de­mand the poor re­ceive more jobs and a greater share of wealth from nat­u­ral re­sources.

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