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Two policemen were killed after Maoists fired upon a police party following an ambush in Odisha’s Nuapada district, police said on Saturday.
The ambush occurred on Friday in Sunabeda sanctuary area of the district, about 550 kms southwest of Bhubaneswar, while the police party was returning to base from a routine patrol.
The Sunabeda sanctuary is located close to the Chhattisgarh border. Maoists have allegedly created a base inside the deep forest for the past several years.
The rebels fled after the policemen returned fire. “However, a district voluntary force (DVF) personnel and a special police officer (SPO) lost their lives during the exchange of fire,” inspector general of police (operation) Soumendra Priyadarshi said.
The latest Maoist attack comes less than a week after a large number of tribals of the area held a meeting and announced to help police and wage war against left-wing extremists in the region.
Maoists are active in more than half of Odisha's 30 districts. Sunabeda is considered one of their strongholds.
(With inputs from IANS)