According to reports, an attack by Maoist insurgents in central India on Saturday resulted in the death of five police officers and the death of another 18 people.
Senior police officer DM Awasthi told the Associated Press that the body of a female rebel was also found.
The Associated Press reported that the state-run All India Radio initially reported 20 missing persons.
After the attack, Prime Minister Narenda Modi wrote on Twitter: “Never forget the sacrifice of brave martyrs.” “May the injured recover as soon as possible.”
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According to Reuters, officials said on Sunday that the attack was aimed at the elite Cobra unit of the Central Reserve Police Force, regional reserve guards and security personnel of the Special Task Force.
A senior police officer, Om Prakash Pal, told the news media that this happened during a counter-insurgency operation in Chhattisgarh.
According to Reuters, the dead took place during a four-hour gun battle in Sukma, a border area 340 miles from the state capital Raipur. Pal told the media that he is looking for the missing person.
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The attack lasted for decades between the Maoists (also known as Naxalists) and the government.
According to Reuters, the attack on a bus carrying 20 security personnel last month also killed 5 policemen.
The Associated Press contributed to this matter.