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Maoists blow up mobile tower

india Updated: Jul 11, 2010 12:50 IST

Armed Maoists blew up a mobile tower control room of a private telecom company in Orissa's Malkangiri district, police said on Sunday. On Saturday night, Maoist rebels fired at a police station in a remote pocket of Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region.

More than 30 rebels of outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist blew up the control room using landmine late Saturday at Nilakamberu village, a senior district police officer said.

Malkangiri, 618 km from Bhubaneswar, is considered Maoists stronghold in the state.

In Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region, Maoist rebels fired at a police station, police said. No casualty has been reported.

"Maoists fired three-four rounds from a distance at Pamer police station in Bijapur district. The rebels fled after the police retaliated," T.J. Longkumer, inspector general of police of Bastar range, told IANS over phone from Jagdalpur town.

He said no casualty or injury has been reported from either side. The officer refused to give the number of policemen at the police station that is located some 500 km south of capital Raipur close to the Andhra Pradesh border.

Chhattisgarh's 40,000 sq km Bastar region made up of five districts - Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur and Kanker - has been rocked by a series of blasts and gunfights in 2010. In about past three months, the state witnessed killings of 150 people, mostly security personnel.