Thursday, April 26, 2007

Four cops killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, April 26: Maoist militants detonated a landmine blast Thursday evening in Chhattisgarh, killing four state police personnel and injuring 16, a senior police officer said.

The incident took place at Michgaon village near the forest belt of Durgkondal in Bastar region's Kanker district, about 175 km south of capital Raipur.

"The blast tore apart the front portion of the police bus. Four policemen were killed on the spot while seven of 16 injured cops were serious," district police chief B.K. Choubey told IANS by phone.

He added that the injured were rushed to local hospitals. "Extra reinforcements have been rushed to the blast site and a combing operation launched to apprehend attackers," Choubey informed.

In 2006, Chhattisgarh accounted for 48 percent casualties in the 749 people killed by Maoists in the country.

--- IANS

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