July 16, 2006

Indian Maoists kill 10 in raid

RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Maoist rebels killed at least 10
people belonging to a state-backed, anti-Maoist group in the
central Indian state of Chhattisgarh early on Monday, police

They said many people were injured and some were missing
after scores of Maoists raided a large government relief camp,
where members of an anti-rebel group and their families shelter
for security.

"This looks like a major planned attack. We are assessing
the casualties. Dozens of houses (in the camp) have been
burned," Inspector General of Police T.J. Longkuner told
Reuters by telephone.

NDTV news channel reported that up to 100 may have been
wounded in the attack. This was not confirmed by officials.

The camp is at Arabore in the Dantewada district, around
510 km (320 miles) south of Raipur, the state capital. Police
said those killed belonged to the Salwa Judum (Campaign For
Peace), an anti-Maoist group set up by the state government.

Chhattisgarh is the worst-hit of 13 Indian states affected
by Maoist rebels who claim to be fighting for millions of
India's impoverished peasants and landless laborers.