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Death Toll Rises in India Maoist Attack

The death toll from an attack on Indian politicians by Maoist rebels has risen to 23, a day after the rebels fired at a convoy of cars carrying local Congress Party leaders in eastern India.

Suspected insurgents fired at the vehicles Saturday in the Sukma area of Chhattisgarh state. Dozens of people were wounded in the attack.

Local reports say some senior party leaders were among those killed. The Associated Press reported Sunday that several more bodies were found near the scene of the crash Sunday, including those of a party leader and his son who had been believed kidnapped.

Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi has condemned what she called an attack on India's democratic values. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has vowed that the government would take firm action against those responsible for the attack.

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

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