An injured Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel is taken to a hospital at Raipur in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Maoist rebels killed at least 16 people in a massive attack on security forces in central India Tuesday, less than a month before the country holds a general election.Security officials and police sources said the victims were all killed when up to 200 rebels ambushed a patrol in forests in Chhattisgarh state, sparking a major gun battle that lasted for three hours.Eleven members of the national paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed along with four members of the state police force, said Mukesh Gupta, one of Chhattisgarh's most senior police officers. There were no figures on the number of Maoist casualties.Gupta said the attack took place in a heavily-forested area during the operation to clear the road some 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of Raipur.Tuesday's attack is the deadliest so far this year although six policemen were killed on February 28 in Chhattisgarh.
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