12 Killed in Maoist Attack in India

Posted January 21st, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Police in eastern India say suspected Maoist rebels have triggered a landmine blast, killing at least 12 police officers and wounding at least two.

Authorities say the Maoists targeted a police vehicle in a densely forested region in Jharkhand state Saturday.

National leaders say the 40-year-long Maoist insurgency in India is the country's biggest internal security threat.

Maoists have infiltrated more than 20 Indian states. They say their violent tactics are justified because they are campaigning for jobs and land for the poor.