Five rebels, two troopers killed in eastern India

At least five rebels were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in the eastern state of Bihar, news reports said Saturday.

The clash took place Friday evening in the jungles of Aurangabad district, the Times of India reported.

Bodies of five militants were recovered along with weapons and ammunition, police sources told the paper.

In a separate incident, two troopers were killed by a landmine in the eastern state of Orissa, the IANS news agency reported.

The rebels, who operate in some of India's poorest regions, say they are fighting for the rights of tribal people and the landless.

Nearly 6,900 civilians, rebels and troops have been killed during the insurgency since 2005.

Last update: Sat, 09/01/2016 - 14:09

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