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Maoists kill 12 in India poll-related violence

Published on Apr 12, 2014 8:01 PM
 
A member of election duty staff who is injured after a bomb blast, is taken to a hospital at Raipur in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh on April 12, 2014. Maoist rebels killed 12 people in two poll-related blasts on Saturday in an insurgency-hit region of central India, police said, highlighting security worries in the nation's marathon election. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RAIPUR (AFP) - Maoist rebels killed 12 people in two poll-related blasts on Saturday in an insurgency-hit region of central India, police said, highlighting security worries in the nation's marathon election.

The attacks came as Indians cast ballots in the southern resort state of Goa and in the far-flung northeast in another round of the multi-phase polls that wind up May 12 with results due May 16.

Six polling team officials were killed when Maoists blew up their bus in the state of Chhattisgarh, senior police officer Gurjinder Pal Singh told AFP.

"The Maoists triggered the landmine blasts," Singh, a key official in ensuring election security in the state, told AFP.

 
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