Five militants killed in central India gun battle (India)
NEW DELH I, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Five militants were killed in an overnight gun battle with the police force in central India's Chhattisgarh, Indo-Asian News Service reported Tuesday. The police also discovered eight landmines and two pressure bombs from the encounter site.
The gun battle broke out Monday night when the militants opened fire on a team of 55 policemen in Dantewada district, south to the state capital Raipur, and last till early morning, the local police said.
Besides the five dead bodies found, several militants were seriously injured and carried away by their fellows into the thick forests, the source added.
The police also discovered eight landmines and two pressure bombs from the encounter site.
The militants are active in 16 districts of the state claiming to fight for the rights of poor peasants and landless farm workers.
About 135 people have been killed in violence between militants and police forces in the state since January this year.
Von: 9.5.2006 news.xinhuanet.com