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Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed as a result of a clash with partisans

NEW DELHI, (BM) – Seventeen Indian soldiers died in the state of Chhattisgarh in central India as a result of a clash with the Naxalites, Maoist partisans, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Livemint and RIA Novosti.

The clash with the Maoists occurred on Saturday, after which 14 wounded soldiers were delivered by air to the capital of Raipur. The police began an operation to search for five missing fighters of the special task force and 12 soldiers of the district reserve guard.

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“All 17 bodies were found,” the state police said Sunday, adding that a joint police and army group had begun operations in the area on Saturday after receiving intelligence about a large number of Maoists in the area.

“Despite the fact that we worked well and on time, but our people were in the minority: about 300-350 naxalites participated in the ambush,” a senior intelligence official told the publication.

A senior security officer added that the Naxalites ambushed the troops as they retreated after the clash.

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