9 sol­diers killed in Maoist rebel blast

The Star Late Edition - - WORLD -

PATNA: Po­lice in east­ern In­dia say at least nine para­mil­i­tary sol­diers have been killed by a land­mine placed by Maoist rebels.

Po­lice of­fi­cer DM Awasthi said the sol­diers were trav­el­ling be­tween camps in the Sukma area of Ch­hat­tis­garh state yes­ter­day when their ve­hi­cle drove over a land mine, re­sult­ing in an ex­plo­sion.

Two other sol­diers were wounded in the blast.

The gov­ern­ment says the in­sur­gents, in­spired by Chi­nese rev­o­lu­tion­ary leader Mao Ze­dong, are the coun­try’s most se­ri­ous in­ter­nal se­cu­rity threat. The rebels con­trol large ar­eas of cen­tral and east­ern In­dia and say they are fight­ing to ob­tain more jobs, land and wealth for poor and in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

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