Raipur/New Delhi: India's sweeping anti-Maoist offensive suffered a huge blow Tuesday when the leftwing guerrillas ambushed and massacred 76 security personnel in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh in the worst such attack since the Maoist rebellion erupted 43 years ago.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voiced concern over the unprecedented massacre after hundreds of Maoists trapped over 80 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on a hilly stretch in Dantewada district and went on a killing spree using pressure bombs and automatic weapons.
In no time, at least 74 CRPF men and two Chhattisgarh police officer lay dead in the inhospitable area in the heart of the country where the rebels have run a de facto state for decades, enlisting the support of a large number of impoverished tribals. Image: An injured soldier is carried for treatment after a Maoists' attack in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh.
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