Saturday, December 08, 2007

Maoists attack combat police in Orissa

Bhubaneswar (PTI): Members of Special Operations Group (SOG) were attacked by suspected Maoists early Saturday morning in the forest near Gandima village in Orissa's Rayagada district, the police said.

"The SOG team came under a volley of bullets from the Maoist guerrilas when they were going out to search a place. Security forces retaliated. Attackers fled leaving behind two rifles and ammunition. No injury to anyone has been reported so far," Muniguda polie station in-charge A K Mohanty said.

The Naxalite-affected areas of Orissa have been put on high alert following the gunfight. Staray incidents have been reported from parts of these areas during the anniversary week of Praja Liberation Guerrila Army, a frontal organisations of Maoists.

In another incident in Malkangiri district, traffic came to a halt on the state highway connecting the district headqurter town with Motu on Andhra Pradesh border due to the Maoists' digging up the road, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police S K Gajbhiye said.

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