Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Suspected Maoists kill four policemen in India

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RANCHI, India (AFP) — Suspected Maoist rebels in India killed at least four policemen in a gun battle in the eastern state of Jharkhand, officials said Tuesday.

Between 30 to 40 guerrillas opened fire on security forces, killing four officers and injuring three others in a three-hour-long shoot-out.

"The security personnel were killed in a gun battle with Maoist rebels," said police spokesman Satyanarayan Pradhan, adding that authorities were hunting for the militants.

Police said the clash occurred in the district of Palamau, 190 kilometres (120 miles) from the state capital Ranchi.

A Maoist insurgency, which grew out of a peasant uprising in 1967, has hit more than half of India's 29 states. The guerrillas say they are fighting for the rights of neglected tribespeople and landless farmers.

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