Five security personnel were killed in an ambush by Maoist rebels on the outskirts of Ranchi on Friday afternoon, police said.
"An Assistant Sub-Inspector and four constables were killed by the Maoist rebels near Rahe village of Bundu block," said SN Pradhan, spokesperson of Jharkhand police.
He said the security personnel had gone to Bundu to review security of a bank. While they were returning, Maoist rebels belonging to Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) numbering more than 40 ambushed the police jeep.
A gun battle took place in which five security personnel were killed.
This is same area from where the rebels had hijacked an ICICI bank van and looted Rs 50 million and one kg gold in May this year.
Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. In last seven years, more than 1,300 people including civilians, Maoist rebels and security personnel have been killed.