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    Indian forces claim Maoist leader killed

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    Security forces are said to have killed a senior military commander of India's Maoist rebels in the country's eastern jungle, the Indian government has said.

    Koteshwar Rao, known as Kishenji, had fought a three-year battle with the state governments of West Bengal and Jharkhand. According to the government, he was shot dead after a 30-minute gunfight in the Burisole forests of West Midnapore district, 10km from the Bengal-Jharkhand border.

    Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman reports from New Delhi