At least 18 Maoist fighters have been killed in a clash with police in eastern India, according to Indian security officials.
They said members of Andhra Pradesh state police’s elite anti-Maoist force, the Greyhounds, on Monday attacked a Maoist camp in Odisha state where about 60 fighters had gathered for a meeting.
Police acted on a tip-off that about 30 fighters had gathered close to the border with Andhra Pradesh state.
“We have received information that 18 bodies [of the Maoists] have been recovered at the scene. Two police officers including a Greyhound commander were also injured,” RP Thakur, a senior police officer, told the DPA news agency.
Monday’s clash was the biggest involving the fighters this year and police claimed it was a setback for left-wing insurgency in the region.
“It is a great success for our counterinsurgency operations as this area is a Maoist stronghold,” Thakur said.
In March, eight Maoist fighters were killed in southern India.