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Passengers Found Safe After Indian Train Hijacking


Indian officials say all passengers aboard a train seized by Maoist rebels in a remote part of eastern Jharkhand state are safe.

Officials say the rebels fled the scene just after dawn Tuesday.

The insurgents, often called Naxalites, seized control of the train with some 200 people on board late Monday and forced it to stop in a dense forest near the state capital, Ranchi.

Officials say the train was seized to protest the recent killing of a Naxalite commander by security forces.

In other violence, in the western state of Maharashtra, a land mine believed to have been detonated by Maoist rebels has injured at least four police officers.

The rebels say they are fighting on behalf of poor people and landless laborers.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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