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Two Maoist rebels shot dead in eastern India
Nov 12, 2010, 12:52 GMT
New Delhi - At least two alleged Maoist militants were gunned down by security forces in a village in India's eastern state of West Bengal on Friday, a news report said.
The gunbattle took place in the western district of Purulia after security personnel spotted a group of rebels, the IANS news agency reported.
'We are informed that two left-wing rebels have been killed in the encounter and several others were injured,' senior police official Zulfiqar Hasan told the agency.
'A huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot,' he added.
More than a third of India's 626 administrative districts are affected by the insurgency, which has left more than 1,000 people dead since January.
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