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Maoist rebels kill 3 soldiers in central India, as polling continues

Published on Apr 9, 2014 6:22 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Maoist rebels killed three soldiers guarding polling officials in central India on Wednesday, highlighting security concerns in the world's biggest elections as the second phase of voting got under way.

The rebels staged the attack in the country's insurgency-wracked centre one day ahead of polling in Chhattisgarh state as voters in the restive northeast of the country cast their ballots.

Elsewhere, election frontrunner Narendra Modi waved to thousands of supporters of his opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as he filed his papers to stand from the Vadodara constituency in western Gujarat.

"Citizens of Vadodara have given me a grand welcome and I thank them," the hardline Hindu nationalist, widely tipped to emerge as prime minister when results are published on May 16, told reporters.

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