7 police killed by landmine during Indian elections

2014-05-11 16:08


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New Delhi - At least seven policemen were killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected rebels in western India on Sunday during the country's multi-phase elections, officials said.

The insurgents targeted a police jeep in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra state. The district is a known rebel stronghold.

"Seven policemen in the jeep were killed in the attack. Two more were injured and were hospitalised," constable Dharmadas Bhusari said from the district control room.

The attack came days after Maharashtra state voted in the elections that are due to conclude with the final stage on Monday.

Results are expected on 16 May. Rebels have carried out series of attacks across India killing dozens of police and election officials since voting began on 7 April.

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