November 2, 2007 / 1:57 PM / 10 years ago

Maoist landmine blast kills 10 policemen in Chhattisgarh

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RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Maoist rebels set off a landmine in Chhattisgarh on Friday, killing at least 10 policemen, an officer said.

The policemen were in a vehicle when the ambush took place in a jungle stretch of the state, where large rural swathes are controlled by the rebels.

A police officer said he expected the toll to go up, as information from the attack site was slow in reaching the state capital Raipur.

Maoist militants, who launched an armed movement in 1967 claiming to fight for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers, are active in at least 13 of India's 29 states.

The conflict has killed thousands of people, including hundreds of policemen.

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