At least 13 paramilitary policemen have been killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
Maoist rebels in the state of Chhattisgarh, in central India, have killed at least 13 paramilitary policemen following an attack on members of the Central Reserve Police Force in the region’s Sukma district. The attack occurred 450km (280 miles) from Raipur, the capital and largest city within the state of Chhattisgarh.
The officers were reportedly surrounded and attacked while raiding a rebel hideout in a forested area. According to the Maoists, they are fighting for communist rule and greater rights for tribal people and the rural poor.
Their insurgency began in the eastern state of West Bengal in the late 1960s, spreading to more than one-third of India’s 600-plus administrative districts.
“[They] were using local villagers as shields, hence our force couldn’t retaliate with full force as that would also have cost villagers’ lives,” Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF) spokesman, Zulfikar Hasan, said.