Hundreds of Maoist rebels gunned down 17 Indian safety forces in one of many deadliest ambushes lately by the militants, a police spokesman mentioned.
More than 300 armed rebels took half within the assault on a police commando patrol within the jungles of Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state in central India, police superintendent Shalab Sinha informed AFP.
Large numbers of reinforcements have been despatched to the district on Sunday.
“We have recovered 17 bodies and another 15 police are being treated for injuries,” he mentioned.
“We believe the ambush was carried out by between 300 and 350 attackers.”
Other officers mentioned 4 Maoists have been killed within the battle on Saturday.
The toll was the worst for Indian safety forces battling the acute left-wing guerillas since April, 2017 when 25 police commandos have been killed in an assault in the identical district.
Sixteen commandos have been additionally killed in a bomb assault within the western state of Maharashtra earlier than India’s election final yr that was blamed on the Maoists.
The militants, who say they’re preventing for rural folks and the poor, have been preventing authorities forces throughout Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and different states for the reason that 1960s.
Thousands have been killed within the preventing.
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