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    Nine Policemen Killed in Maoist Rebel Attack in Central India

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    Nine policemen are killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoist rebels in a jungle in India's Chhattisgarh state. Investigations into the incident are underway.

    Nine policemen, including a senior officer of India's Chhattisgarh police department, have been killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoist rebels. The blast took place in a jungle in the state's Mahasamund district on Monday.

    Security officials say a 10 member police team was sent to the jungle following reports of Maoist movement in the area.

    The team was returning when their vehicle broke down, so from there they got on a tractor. But the tractor blew up after a landmine planted by Maoists on the road exploded.

    [Aashutosh Shukla, Commandant, Central Reserve Police Force]:
    "It is a very sad incident. We have lost our brave officer of this district, Rajesh Pawar, who was the Additional Superintendent. He was a brave and hard working officer. The whole team fought the Maoists bravely. Right now I cannot comment how this whole incident happened. Investigations are still ongoing."

    One policeman who went missing after the blast is now being searched for.

    Maoist rebels have spread into rural pockets of 20 of India's 28 states. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the Maoists are India's gravest internal security threat.