8 Maoist rebels killed in India | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:23 AM, July 20, 2018

8 Maoist rebels killed in India

Eight Maoist rebels including four women fighters were killed yesterday in central India, an official said, in the latest killings in a decades-old conflict that has cost tens of thousands of lives.

Hundreds of police commandoes launched a search operation in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh state after a tip-off about a large group of Maoists near Bijapur district, one of the hotbeds of the insurgency.

Police said the commandoes came under fire early yesterday, triggering a gunfight lasting two hours. The rest of the rebels managed to flee, a source said.

Thousands of fighters occupy vast swathes of mineral-rich areas in the country's east and centre. They demand land, jobs and a share of the region's huge natural resources for local tribes.

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