India: Naxalites attack bauxite mine

At least six paramilitary troops of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were killed in India’s eastern Orissa state after dozens of Maoist guerillas attacked a NALCO bauxite mine April 12. Four guerillas also died in the nine-hour battle in the Panchpatmali area. Police said they rescued 150 people trapped by the fighting. The Naxalite guerillas apparently sought to steal explosives from the mine but fled without them, police said. (One India, BBC News, April 13) On April 10, a Naxalite ambush on a jungle patrol in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state left 10 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops dead, including a deputy commandant. (PTI, April 10)

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