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Nine Indian Policemen Killed in Landmine Blasts

Police in central India say nine policemen were killed Monday by a series of landmine blasts in Chhattisgarh state.

Authorities blame Maoist rebels for the explosions.

The police were on patrol at the time of the blasts. At least three other policemen were wounded.

India's Maoist rebels have a strong presence in Chhattisgarh, which is one of India's poorest states. They are active in several eastern and central Indian states.

Thousands of people have died in the insurgency, which began 40 years ago.

The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of poor and landless farmers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.