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Twelve Maoists killed in Andhra

Twelve maoists were killed in an encounter with the police in the thick forest area of Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2008 14:09 IST

Twelve maoists were killed in an encounter with the police in the thick forest area of Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.



The exchange of fire took place when the special police party of Greyhounds, an anti-Naxal elite force, was on a combing operation between Cherla and Pamedu police stations limits in the forest, according to preliminary reports reaching the police headquarters in Hyderabad.



The slain Naxals are yet to be identified and it is suspected that two of them were top Maoists leaders, police sources said.



So far 10 bodies have been recovered and two AK-47 and four SLR have been found from the spot, they added.