Maoists kill 5 cops in Jharkhand

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 04, 2013 17:33 hrs

Five policemen were killed in broad daylight by Maoist rebels in Jharkhand on Thursday.

Maoist rebels attacked a police patrol near a bus shelter in the Chainpur police station area around 11.30 am, police said.

An assistant sub-inspector, a havildar and three constables were killed while the Maoists stole three INSAS rifles, 600 rounds of ammunition and eight hand grenades.

The attack followed Tuesday night´s bombing of the Sreeram panchayat secretariat building in Lohardaga in which however, no one was killed.

The escalated violence seemed to be a result of the killing of ten Maoist cadres including some senior leaders in Lakramanda Tola in Kunda block of Chatra district.

The rebels had been killed in a gunbattle with the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), widely believed to have state backing, that began on March 27.

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