Friday, February 1, 2008

India: Bihar a favorite for Maoists

NEW DELHI, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- India says Bihar state has become the favorite target for Maoist rebels who carried out 14 attacks there over the past six months.

A spokesman for Bihar police said Maoists attacked trains four times and conducted several strikes against soft targets; they also undertook a major operation against police in Rishikund in which many special auxiliary police personnel were killed.

In the latest development, armed guerrillas blew up a forest department rest house Tuesday, the spokesman said.

According to state police, the hilly terrain covering Maoist-hit states of Jharkhand and West Bengal and the river line provide the perfect shelter to the rebels, the Hindustan Times newspaper said.

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