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NEW DELHI (AFP) - At least 11 security personnel were killed and 17 injured in a series of attacks by suspected Maoists in the eastern Indian state of Chattisgarh, police said.
“Nine jawans (soldiers) were killed and an equal number were injured when the Maoists triggered a blast on their vehicle,” district police told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency on Monday.
Police said the soldiers were also fired on after the blast and a clash was still in progress, but added that the injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter.
The soldiers, from the northeastern state of Nagaland, were helping to conduct an operation against the leftwing rebels in Chattisgarh.
In a separate incident, suspected Maoists hurled explosives and fired on a police post in the north of the state, killing two policemen and wounding eight.
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