Dozens Killed in Maoist Attack in India

    A paramilitary soldier is brought to a hospital for treatment after he was injured in an explosion, in Gadchiroli, India, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Maoist rebels ambushed a patrol team in central India on Tuesday, killing at least 15 paramilitary policemen, a police official said. The policemen were traveling through a densely forested area of Maharashtra state when the rebels set off a land mine, blowing up their vehicle, the official said. (AP Photo/TV9)


    At least 27 people were killed on Sunday in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh when Maoist guerrillas attacked a convoy of vehicles carrying some of the top state political leaders. Three members of the powerful Indian National Congress Party were among the dead. According to reports, the guerrillas blocked the road with falling trees, and then set off a land mine that blew up one of the stopped vehicles. The guerrillas then reportedly opened fire. Officials estimated that that between 200 to 300 guerrillas were involved in the attack—and they also reportedly took the weapons from the dead police officers as they fled. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the siege as a “dastardly and anti-democratic attack” while the Congress Party president, Sonia Gandhi, called it “an attack on our democratic values.”

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