Rebels Kill 13 Policemen In Eastern India

Published January 21, 2012 10:54AM (EST)

PATNA, India (AP) — Police say suspected Maoist rebels triggered a landmine explosion and killed 13 policemen in eastern India.

Police superintendent G. K. Rath said at least two other policemen were injured in the explosion that blew up their mini-bus in Jharkhand state Saturday.

He said the policemen were returning from a search operation in a remote, densely forested region when the blast occurred.

The rebels have been fighting the government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for landless farmers and the poor.

By Salon Staff

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