Maoist attack leaves seven Indian policemen dead

A landmine explosion has left seven policemen dead in the western state of Maharashtra.

Maoist attack leaves seven Indian policemen dead

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least seven policemen were killed and two injured in a targeted attack Sunday by suspected Maoist rebels who triggered a landmine blast in a forest area in the Gadchiroli district in the western state of Maharashtra, 480 miles east of Mumbai, Indian media reported.

“We have lost seven of our men in the attack carried out by Naxalites. The incident occurred in Gadchiroli,” a senior police official was quoted saying by Press Trust of India.

Additional forces were rushed to the spot after the attack where there was an exchange of gunfire between the police and the suspected Maoists.

Sunday’s attack came a day after Maharashtra police arrested GN Saibaba, a Delhi University professor for his alleged links with Maoists in Gadchiroli, a claim hotly contested by Saibaba’s family. The wheel-chair-bound professor teaches English at Delhi’s Ram Lal Anand College.

Suspected Maoist rebels have now killed over 20 people in the last month in three separate attacks during the ongoing Indian national election having previously threatened voters to boycott the election.

All the victims have been police personnel and poll officials.

Last Mod: 11 Mayıs 2014, 11:33
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