• Suspected Maoist rebels kill 7 in E. India

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    NEW DELHI: Suspected Maoist rebels attacked a police convoy in a remote part of eastern India, killing five officers and two civilians, police said Thursday. The attackers set off a powerful landmine blast before opening fire on the convoy, which was on an anti-Maoist operation in the forests of Jharkhand state on Wednesday. The ambush is the latest in a simmering conflict that pits the insurgents against security forces in remote areas of India. The Maoist insurgency has claimed more than 12,300 lives between 1999 and 2014, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal website which tracks separatist trends.

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    AFP

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