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10 Maoists gunned down in Chhattisgarh

At least 10 Maoists were killed early on Tuesday when commandos from Andhra Pradesh stormed a forested area in Chhattisgarh, triggering a fierce firefight that lasted about 150 minutes.

Police officials called the raid in Bastar region one of the biggest successes against the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

The bodies of the Maoists have been taken to Khammam district of Andhra, Inspector General of Police (Bastar) Himanshu Gupta said. Acting on intelligence inputs, commandos from the anti-Maoist Grey Hound force attacked the hideout in an area falling under the Pamed police station.

Police say more than 100 Maoist guerrillas were holed up when rebels came under intense fire. At least 10 insurgents – some believed to be commando ranked forces of the CPI-Maoist – were killed, Director General of Police Ramniwas said.

‘Dozens of Maoists were put under heavy gunfire for hours. The entire hideout has been dismantled. I suspect the death toll could rise heavily. It’s a big success,’ Ramniwas added.
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