“Red terror struck again on Tuesday”, the Hindustan Times reports, as suspected Maoists ambushed a police convoy in the eastern Indian state of Jharkand.
The style of the attack resembled the May 25 attack in neighbouring Chhatisgarh, where 28 people, including Congress leaders Mahendra Karma and VC Shukla, were ambushed and killed. While no group immediately claimed responsibility for the Jharkand attack, it fits into a series of attacks carried out by Maoist rebels, referred to as Naxalites.
A police official quoted by the Hindustan Times said that the attack could be in retaliation for the arrest of 31 suspected Maoists in Pakur nine months ago.
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