After a brief lull, naxalites struck in a big way gunning down a homeguard, wounding another and looting ten rifles in Bihar's Buxar district, police said on Tuesday.
Scores of naxalites of the banned CPI (Maoist) descended on a bridge construction site on Thora river in Itarhi block of the district late last night and attacked a homeguard contingent present there with AK-47 assault rifles and other sophisticated weapons killing a homeguard Shubham Ram on the spot and wounding Ramashanker Singh, superintendent of police Paresh Saxena said.
Saxena said the rebels also looted ten 303 calibre rifles from the jawans.
On receiving information, a police posse was rushed from Itarhi police station which engaged the retreating naxalites in an exchange of fire in which nobody was reported injured or killed.
Saxena said the naxalites had also placed landmines to target the police reinforcements but no damage was done.
The borders of the district and all its entry and exit points have been sealed and raids are being conducted to apprehend the Maoist rebels, he said.