INDIA: Maoist rebels have killed at least fifteen Indian policemen and a civilian driver in Maharashtra state on Wednesday.
The authorities have stated the rebels triggered the land mine blast as the van carrying police officers passed through.
Gadchiroli, which borders the Maoist stronghold of Chhattisgarh.
The improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Gadchiroli.
It borders the Maoist stronghold of Chhattisgarh.
Two vehicles were attacked as the state was celebrating it’s foundation day.
The country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the attack despicable and condemned it on Twitter.
Strongly condemn the despicable attack on our security personnel in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. I salute all the brave personnel. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts & solidarity are with the bereaved families. The perpetrators of such violence will not be spared.
Mehbooba Mufti also payed her condolences on tweeter
Saddened to know about the blasts in Maharashtra. Deepest condolences to families of the deceased policemen. RIP
Indian home minister Rajnath Singh reacted on tweeter and called it an act of cowardice and desperation. He also said they are providing all the assistance the state needs.
Attack on Maharashtra Police personnel in Gadchiroli is an act of cowardice and desperation. We are extremely proud of the valor of our police personnel. Their supreme sacrifice while serving the nation will not go in vain. My deepest condolences to their families.
Spoke to Maharashtra CM Shri @Dev_Fadnavis regarding the tragic incident in Gadchiroli and expressed my grief at the loss of brave Police personnel. We are providing all assistance needed by the state government. MHA is in constant touch with the state administration.
The Maoist rebels, known as Naxals, claim inspiration from Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.
These rebels have been fighting Indian government for more than four decades.
They demand land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor.
With thousands of fighters they are active in several parts of India.
The Maoist rebels have killed more than 10 people, including a politician, in Chhattisgarh state amid the multi-phase general elections that will conclude on May 19.
One view from tweeter
The blast is done by raw once again for election to again could kill more minorities in india who actually want freedom of life. They will blame them for this . Indian army acting like bollywood movies . How such small groups can do this. Raw are terrorists