Maoist rebels kills 4 Indian paramilitary soldiers in Chhattisgarh state

Published April 4, 2019
Police say soldiers were on a patrol when they were ambushed by Maoist rebels. — AP/File
Police say soldiers were on a patrol when they were ambushed by Maoist rebels. — AP/File

Police on Thursday said that Maoist rebels had ambushed and killed four Indian paramilitary soldiers and wounded another two in the insurgency-wracked Chhattisgarh state.

Police officer D.M. Awasthi said that the rebels fired on the soldiers, who were on a patrol today in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh state.

Other details were not immediately available.

The Indian government says the insurgents are the country's most serious internal security threat. The rebels control large swaths of area in central and eastern India and say they are fighting to obtain more jobs, land and wealth from natural resources for poor and indigenous communities.

The rebels, also known as Naxalites, have ambushed police, destroyed government offices and abducted government officials for more than four decades.

They are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.

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