IED blast kills 16 commandos of police in western India

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IED blast kills 16 commandos of police in western India

NEW DELHI: A suspected bomb attack by Maoist rebels killed 16 paramilitary troops in western India on Wednesday, police said.
At least 16 commandos of police were killed in an IED blast by Naxals in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra state. India is holding elections and attacks by Maoist rebels, who are active in several states, often spike as the country goes to the polls.
Commandos were on patrol duty on two security vehicles when landmine blast took place amid celebrations of state’s foundation day.
Civilian driver of the Commandos was also killed in the blast.
The Maoist insurgents, known as Naxals, have been fighting the state for decades, saying they are fighting for people left out of a long economic boom in Asia’s third-largest economy.

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