Dozens Killed in Maoist Attack in India

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.”