Seven Maoists killed in Jharkhand

Ranchi, April 29 (IANS) Seven alleged Maoists were killed in a gun battle with security forces in Jharkhand Monday, police said.

The shootout between the Maoists and the security forces, which included state police force and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), took place in the Piri forest area of Latehar district, which is around 130 km from here.

Three bodies of the Maoist rebels were recovered, but the rebels managed to escape with the bodies of four of their cadres, police claimed. The shootout lasted for about five hours.

Police also recovered an Insas rifle, two country-made rifles, mobile phones, medicines and other materials from the site of the gun battle.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state.

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