Indian Police kills 14 Maoist rebels in a deadly encounter

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Indian Police kills 14 Maoist rebels in a deadly encounter

NEW DELHI- Government forces killed at least 14 Maoist rebels during a raid on their hideout Sunday in a forested area in western India, police said.

The fighting began after police commandos raided the rebels' hideout deep in a forested area in Gadchilori district in Maharashtra state, said police officer Prashant Diwate.

Diwate said exchange of gunfire between the rebels and troops lasted about half an hour. He said police were searching the area for more possible bodies.

He said police suffered no casualties.

The Maoist rebels, who claim inspiration from Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting the Indian government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor. -Agencies