Eight Maoist guerrillas were shot dead by the security forces today in an encounter in the forests of Latehar district of Jharkhand, a senior police official said.
Five Maoist cadres were killed in the gun battle when they opened fire on one group of security personnel while other three died in a gunfight against another group of security men in Kumandih forest of the district, Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said.
He said the bodies were not yet recovered as the encounter was still on.
The anti-Maoist operation was launched on Monday by the personnel of CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar and the district police.
This was the third encounter in the last three days, the police said.