Suspected Maoist rebels kill 5 in India

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 11:33 PM

PATNA, India (AP) — Police say suspected Maoist rebels have shot and killed three policemen and two private security guards in an attack on a private construction company complex in eastern India.

Abhayanand, Bihar state's top police officer, says the attack by more than 200 suspected rebels on Wednesday also wounded seven police officers, two of them seriously. He uses one name.

The attack took place area near Aurangabad, a town nearly 165 kilometers (105 miles) south of Patna, the state capital. It's a known stronghold of Maoist rebels who have been fighting in several Indian states for more than 40 years, and claim inspiration from Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.

They demand land and jobs for poor tribal communities that they say are ignored by the government.

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