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Indian Maoists Wage Deadly Attack on Security Forces

Indian volunteers and medical personnel carry an injured soldier of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) into the Ramkrishna Care Hospital in Raipur following a suspected Maoist attack in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, March 11, 2014.
Maoist rebels have killed at least 20 members of India's security forces in an attack in the center of the country.

The rebels are reported to have ambushed the patrol Tuesday in the volatile Chattisgarh state. The Indian forces returned fire, engaging the rebels in a major gunbattle.

The Maoist rebels have fought for decades in central and eastern India, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor.
Chhattisgarh state, India
Chhattisgarh state, India

Thousands of people are believed to have died in Maoist-linked violence. The rebels often target security forces and infrastructure, and have said they want to build a communist state.

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