facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Maoists killed in clash with police

June 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM   |   Comments

RAIPUR, India, June 29 (UPI) -- At least 17 Maoist rebels were killed in a clash with police in the Bijapur district of India's Chhattisgarh state, police said Friday.

Six members of the Central Reserve Police Force were wounded in the overnight clash, the BBC reported.

The British broadcaster said local villagers claim the men were civilians, not insurgents.

Fighting began late Thursday night in the forests of Silger, an uncharted Maoist zone near Basaguda, the Press Trust of India said. More than 300 police were involved.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the rebels as the biggest internal security challenge facing India, the BBC said. The Maoists say they're fighting for the rights of peasants and laborers.

A senior officer said a large number of arms have been recovered in the area, the BBC reported.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State
2
California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest
3
Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles Ottawa assault: PM went to closet, MPs made spears from flagpoles
4
Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama
5
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback