India

    Maoist rebels killed at least 75 Indian soldiers in a series of attacks on security convoys in the central state of Chhattisgarh early this week. A large patrol of federal paramilitary troops was ambushed at dawn by hundreds of heavily armed insurgents in a remote part of Dantewada district. Rescue teams were later ambushed in attacks using landmines and gunfire. The Maoists have stepped up attacks in recent weeks in response to a big government offensive along what is known as the “red corridor”, a broad swathe of territory in rural eastern and central India where the Maoist rebellion has been gathering strength. Nearly 50,000 federal paramilitary troops and tens of thousands of policemen are taking part in the operation in several states. The rebels have tapped into rural and tribal anger among those who have seen no benefits from India’s economic development and this attack is another chilling reminder of the growing threat they pose, says the BBC’s Chris Morris in Delhi. (BBC)

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