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Many dead in rebel attack on India police patrol

Published on Mar 11, 2014 6:24 PM
 
In this photograph taken on July 7, 2012, Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel mount a patrol outside the village of Kothaguda in Bijapur District, after an encounter between Maoist rebels and security forces in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Maoist rebels killed at least 15 members of India's security forces Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in a massive attack in restive Chhattisgarh state, less than a month before the country holds elections, police said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

RAIPUR, India (AFP) - Maoist rebels killed at least 15 members of India's security forces Tuesday in a massive attack in restive Chhattisgarh state, less than a month before the country holds elections, police said.

Security officials and police sources said the victims were all killed when up to 200 rebels ambushed a patrol in forests to the south of the state capital Raipur before a major gun battle erupted.

Eleven members of the national paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed along with four members of the state police force, said Mukesh Gupta, one of Chhattisgarh's most senior police officers.

"As of now, a total of 11 CRPF, four policemen and one civilian have died," Mr Gupta told AFP. Others suggested the death toll was even higher.

 
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