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Maoist rebels kill 24 Indian soldiers in landmine blast.

At least 24 Indian security personnel were

killed and many injured when Maoists, a force of rebels in the countrys

eastern parts, triggered a landmine blast and then opened indiscriminate

firing at the troops late last night in countrys eastern state West Bengal,

said media reports reaching New Delhi. The incident happened in the states West Midnapore districts Shilda

locality.The victimised security forces were deployed to combat the Maoists. Many

security personnel went missing after the attack.

The attack assumes significance as it came just six days after the

countrys Home Minister P. Chidambaram held a meeting here with the officials

of the four eastern states of Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal to

launch an inter-state operation against the left-wing extremists.

According to sources, there were 51 troopers inside the Shilda police camp,

comprising 35 Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) and State Armed Police (SAP)

personnel. Top Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji has claimed his group - the

banned Communist Party of India-Maoist - was behind the attack. In a message,

he said: "We launched this attack protesting against the proposed Operation

Green Hunt against the Maoists."

Expressing willingness to participate in dialogue with the government, he

said: "We are ready to sit for talks but the union government must stop the

joint operation against the Maoists."

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Date:Feb 16, 2010
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