Seven killed in Maoist attack on police in Bihar
Some 200 heavily-armed Maoists attack two police stations in eastern Bihar state, killing six constables and a villager, police said on Sunday.Updated: Jul 02, 2007 05:33 IST
Some 200 heavily-armed Maoists attacked two police stations in eastern Bihar state, killing six constables and a villager, police said on Sunday.
The attacks on the neighbouring stations took place late on Saturday, police said from district headquarters some 30 kilometres (18 miles) away.
"They attacked both the police stations so that they would not be able to aid each other," said a policeman in Rohtas district, more than 1,000 kilometres from New Delhi.
"They used petrol bombs, grenades, rifles and AK-47's. Whatever weapons the police avail of, they also had."
Five people were wounded in the attack and had been taken to neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state for treatment, the policeman said.
The Press Trust of India news agency put the toll in the attack at eight. The attack came just after a two-day economic blockade by Maoist rebels across several eastern states aimed at thwarting government plans to use vast swathes of land to set up special economic zones.
Bihar is one of 15 of India's 29 states battling Maoist insurgents, who say they are fighting for the rights of neglected tribes and impoverished farmers.