Hundreds of Maoist militants killed at least 23 Indian security personnel in an ambush on Saturday in the central state of Chattisgarh.
At least 33 more Indian security personnel were injured in a five-hour-long shootout with the Maoists, also known as Naxalites. The Naxalites are a Communist militant group in India that has waged a violent insurgency against New Delhi since at least 2004. “The insurgents, who trace their roots to communist politics in the 1960s, use violence against the state in the name of championing the cause of India’s poor and marginalized,” the New York Times noted on Sunday.
“Inputs were received that Naxals [Naxalites] were undertaking their Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC) … in the Jagargunda-Jongaguda-Tarrem axis [in Chattisgarh], and hence security forces teams from six camps [of the Indian military and police] were deputed to intercept them,” a senior Indian security officer told the Press Trust