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Maoist militants kill three police officers in western India

October 17, 2013, 12:05 UTC+3
A minibus with police officers was blown up by an explosive device planted by Maoist militants
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Photo EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA

Photo EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA

NEW DELHI, October 17. (Itar-Tass). — Three policemen were killed today in the western Indian state of Maharashtra during a patrol in the countryside, as reported the web-version of DNA India newspaper.

The incident occurred in the Gadchiroli district near the village of Shevargaon on the border of the states Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. A minibus with police officers was blown up by an explosive device planted by Maoist militants.

In 2012, as a result of actions staged by armed Maoist groups, which the Indian government believes to be one of the main threats to national security, over 400 people died. During this period, the gunmen carried out around 1.4 thousand attacks on civilians and law enforcement staff.

In the state of Chhattisgarh on May 25 of this year, the Maoists attacked a convoy with politicians from the regional office of the ruling party of the Indian National Congress. 24 people were killed, including the head of the Congress in Chhattisgarh Mahendra Karma. Later, died of wounds Vidya Charan Shukla, who held various ministerial posts in the government led by Indira Gandhi in 1960s.

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