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Rebels kill 13 policemen in India

2012-01-21 17:01

Patna - Police say suspected Maoist rebels triggered a landmine explosion and killed 13 policemen in eastern India.

Police superintendent GK Rath said at least two other policemen were injured in the explosion that blew up their mini-bus in Jharkhand state on Saturday.

He said the policemen were returning from a search operation in a remote, densely forested region when the blast occurred.

The rebels have been fighting the government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for landless farmers and the poor.