12 Maoist rebels killed in raid in eastern India

12 Maoist rebels killed in raid in eastern India

NEW DELHI:Indian police said they killed at least 12 Maoist rebels, including six women, in a raid Friday on a forested hideout in eastern India.

Senior police officer D.M. Awasthy said police, acting on intelligence, raided the stronghold in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state.

He said police recovered 12 bodies and some arms and ammunition after an exchange of gunfire. The area is about 415 kilometers (260 miles) south of Raipur, the state capital.

One police officer was killed in the joint operation by Chhattisgarh state police and the Greyhounds, a special police force in neighboring Telangana state created to fight the rebels.

Those killed included a key Maoist leader, Haribhushan, the secretary of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) who has been trying to strengthen the group in Telangana state, another police officer said. (AP)