A bomb attack purportedly carried out by Maoist rebels killed six police and injured nine others in India Thursday.
The Maoists triggered an IED (improvised explosive device) that was planted in the Chakarbanda forest in the state of Bihar, located in northern India. The bomb attack was part of an ambush targeting armed Indian police forces, which were trying to remove landmines, the Hindustan Times reported.
The IED blew up the vehicle they were traveling in.
The Maoist insurgency began in the 1960s. India has said their rebellion is one of the largest internal threats the country faces, with at least 1,000 people killed in rebel violence in 2010.
The Maoists, who take their inspiration from Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, have also kidnapped a number people, including two Italians, a politician, and others.
Police spokesman Umesh Kumar said that operations against the rebels would start up again Friday.
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