Saturday, December 08, 2007

Maoists attack SOG in Orissa

Bhubaneswar: Members of the Special Operations Group (SOG) were attacked by suspected Maoists early on Saturday 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 guerillas when they were going out to search a place. When the security forces retaliated, the attackers fled, leaving behind two rifles and ammunition. No injury has been reported so far,” Muniguda police station in-charge A.K. Mohanty said.

The Naxalite-affected areas of Orissa were put on high alert following the gunfight.

In another incident in Malkangiri district, traffic came to a halt on the State highway connecting the district headquarter town with Motu on the Andhra Pradesh border as the Maoists had dug up the road, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police S.K. Gajbhiye said. — PTI

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