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Six cops injured in Maoist attack in Bihar

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 1, 2007

At least six police personnel were injured Saturday when over 200 suspected Maoist militants attacked a police station and a bank in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district.

Armed with sophisticated weapons and dressed in olive green military uniform, the rebels carried out the attack in Riga block, about 300 km from here, to loot arms and ammunition from the police station and cash from the Central Bank, police said.

The Maoists blasted the Manihari bridge connecting Riga block near the India-Nepal border.The rebels fled when the police returned the fire and local people came out shouting slogans against the Maoists. They, however, failed to take any arms or cash, police said.

The Sitamarhi district Superintendent of Police A.R. Nayak said that the rebel attack was foiled by timely police action and no casualty was reported barring injury to a some police officials.

However, the top brass of the state administration is worried about the attack in Riga block as it is close to the Nepal border. It was the first such Maoist attack in Sitamarhi district, which is regarded as a sensitive spot and vulnerable to Maoist activities.

State Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah told newspersons that the government was awaiting detailed reports of the incident and admitted that the attack was a failure on the part of state intelligence. India eNews


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